Porius by John Cowper Powys

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Although Porius is widely regarded as John Cowper Powys's finest achievement in fiction, it has never been published in its intended form--until now. Abridged in every prior publication, the true Porius is presented here for the first time, carefully restored by Powys experts Morine Krisdóttir and Judith Bond. The culmination of Powys's lifelong passion for Wales and its mythology, Porius is at once a historical novel and commentary on the nature of modern warfare.

It is the year 499. The scene is a Roman fort in North Wales, and the principal character is Porius, son of the reigning prince. The Saxons and their forest-people allies are advancing on Edeyrnion in a desperate attempt to save the remnants of their matriarchate. Arthur has sent ahead the magicians, Merlin, Neneue, and Medrawd, to help the beleaguered Porius.

Powys, a self-described "born Inventor of Fairy Tales," transformed the people and animals of his Welsh village into the mythical figures that haunt Porius's primeval woods. The novel was severely cut from its intended form by previous publishers; this edition, newly edited by two preeminent Powys scholars, is Porius as Powys would have wanted the book that he considered "the chief work of my lifetime."

 

About John Cowper Powys

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John Cowper Powys (1872-1963) lived in the United States as well as his native England. The author of ten novels, including A Glastonbury Romance, Weymouth Sands, and Maiden Castle, as well as many works of criticism and philosophy, he was the son of a vicar and a descendant of the poets Donne and Cowper.
 
Published December 1, 1974 by Village Press. 682 pages
Genres: History, Travel, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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His grandpa, Porius Manlius, is a tough old bird who admires such knowledge: “He knows the forest people’s tricks and all their jungles and swamps better than I ever knew our Uriconium textbooks of war!” That Robert Howardian moment aside, readers with a passion for all things Tolkien will find t...

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