Dawn Powell at Her Best by Dawn Powell

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Deft, funny, knowing, compassionate and poetic. --John Updike in the New Yorker
 

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DAWN POWELL, who died in 1965, was the author of fifteen novels. Tim Page is the author of "Dawn Powell: A Biography" & editor of "Dawn Powell at Her Best" & "The Diaries of Dawn Powell." Formerly the chief music critic for "The Washington Post," he is now the artistic advisor & creative chair for the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra.
 
Published June 1, 1998 by Steerforth. 452 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The personal reflections of a minor Dorothy Parker who is currently experiencing a mini-revival (Dawn Powell at Her Best, 1994).

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She candidly revealed women in a realistic light, as when a wife bravely confronts her abusive traveling salesman husband in the novel Dance Night or when two newly wedded mothers shoplift their way out of boredom in the story ``Such a Pretty Day.'' (Edmund Wilson once noted that Powell's work di...

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Nostalgic as a vintage movie, though often marred by a plotless drift and trivializing portrayals of women and ethnic minorities, these two reissued novels and nine stories recall Powell (1897-1965) f

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you couldn't trust anybody.'' The deepening sadness of the story is tempered by Powell's fascinating evocation of the details--charming and not so--of turn-of-the-century Ohio life: buggy rides, consumption, a slop jar with a pink crocheted lid, a parlor boasting ``the works of Mrs. E.D.E.N.

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Unbeknownst to Vicky, she's to serve as beard for Amanda's affair with Ken Saunders, an old beau whom Amanda doesn't love but whom she keeps on a leash to bolster her ego.

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What letters we have may win Powell even deeper admiration than The Diaries of Dawn Powell, edited by Page, or his Dawn Powell: A Biography.

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What is most winning here--despite the overgenerous, sometimes wearing selection of mundane entries by Page, music critic for the Washington Post--is the sense of a powerful, clear-sighted personality asserting an unsentimental vision despite myriad distractions and obstacles.

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The novel's protagonist, redhead novelist Dennis Orphen, uses lovers-staunch Effie and flirty Corinne-as grist for stories, wielding power with his ``shiny little pen.'' Meanwhile, Effie tends her ex-husband's (another writer) current wife, who is painfully dying of cancer-an incident treated wit...

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