Novels, 1944-1962 by Dawn Powell

Novels, 1944-1962

American literature has known few writers capable of the comic elan and full-bodied portraiture that abound in the novels of Dawn Powell. Yet for decades after her death, Powell's work was out of print, cherished only by a small band of admirers. Only recently has there been a rediscovery of the writer Gore Vidal calls "our best comic novelist," and whom Edmund Wilson considered to be "on a level with Anthony Powell, Evelyn Waugh, and Muriel Spar...

Details Novels, 1944-1962

TitleNovels, 1944-1962
Release DateSep 10th, 2001
PublisherLibrary of America

Reviews Novels, 1944-1962

  • J.
    There were people ... who were born café people, claustrophobes unable to endure a definite place or plan. The café was a sort of union station where they might loiter, missing trains and boats as they liked, postponing the final decision to go anyplace or do anything until there was no longer need for decision. One came here because one couldn't decide where to dine, whom to telephone, what to do. At least one had not yet committed oneself to ...
  • Robin Friedman
    Dawn Powell In The Library Of America -- 2This book is the second volume of the Library of America's compilation of the novels of Dawn Powell (1896 - 1965), a writer whose works have attained deserved if belated recognition. The first volume included five novels of Dawn Powell written between 1930 and 1942. This, the second, volume includes four of Powell's novels written between 1944 and 1965.Powell's earlier novels generally are set in small-to...
  • Jim Leckband
    As refreshing as a Bromo Seltzer after too many Manhattans, but without the headache. Powell is the New York writer you should read if you want to know how life was in the city back in the day. The last three novels are wonderfully sarcastic and humane. Watch for a cameo of herself as the Manhattan drinking author, Clair van Orphen in the final book - the clear-eyed orphan of the city.
  • Robert Rodi
    Dawn Powell is my favorite novelist. She was ahead of her time in that she wrote without a shred of sentimentality — which was rare even for male writers of the period, but virtually unheard of for a woman. (Only Dorothy Parker could match her, and Parker wrote no novels.) She died in obscurity and has only recently been rediscovered (actually, she seems to be rediscovered every dozen years, like clockwork), and her caustic, acerbic, bleakly hi...
  • Zuska
    Read only the first novel in the volume of collected novels of Dawn Powell, "My Home Is Far Away". A fictionalized version of her harsh childhood in rural/small town Ohio in the early twentieth century, MHIFA is an absorbing read. By turns heartbreaking and hilarious, Powell's storytelling is spellbinding. Every character in the novel is fully three-dimensional, even the bit players. Her powers of observation are phenomenal and her ability to ren...
  • Orit
    This is four novels put together in one book. 940 very thin paper with very small print! I picked this up because it's listed on the Gilmore Girls challenge.My Home Is Far Away: 5 out of 5. AMAZING! I loved this book. It's semi autobiographical and amazing. The Locusts Have no King: 4 out of 5. The other three novels are more her general style and it took some time to get used to after 'My Home is Far Away'. Each character is developed well, but ...
  • Karen
    I've read three of the Novels in this collection and am currently midway thru the fourth, The Wicked Pavilion. Like The Locusts Have No King and The Golden Spur, it's set in New York in the late 1940s, and is wonderfully funny in an understated way. The humor comes from the characters thoughts and the situations they put themselves in. In addition, it's a wonderful portrait of the Greenwich Village of a bygone era.The other novel presented here, ...
  • Christie
    I really enjoyed My Home is Far Away. The characters were well developed and the story was clear. I could picture the story in my head and felt for the girls. The Wicked Pavilion was ok. At times I had to pause because new characters would be added separately to what was currently going on so it was like putting pieces together. While at times I got lost I was able to get back on track. I didn't enjoy Locusts Have No King or The Golden Spur. Both...
  • Julia
    Read the first book, My Home is Far Away, semi-memoir of Dawn Powell 's miserable childhood in Ohio. Marcia is Dawn, and the middle child never gets anything of worth from the family. The saddest part was that the parents never realized how neglected their offspring were, how their selfish desires overrode any attempts anybody else made to help the children move ahead.
  • Christopher Sutch
    Please see my reviews of individual novels in this collection.
  • FrankH
    Recently Finished the Locusts Have No King...Witty writer, social satirist, weak though as a storyteller
  • Lynda
    All I can say is that I wish I had discovered Dawn Powell years ago. I feel like I have missed out on years and years of savoring her work.
  • William Francis
    This one was hard to get through for me