About this book
This introduction to Anthony Powell begins by finding starting-points for his fiction in his life and social background. His five novels of the 1930s are discussed as early products of the imagination which was to be fully developed in the great novel-sequence A Dance to the Music of Time. Three chapters are given to the nature and achievement of the sequence, examining passages in close detail, under the headings 'First Person', 'Myth' and 'Voices'. The final chapter discusses the two novels of the 1980s, and offers some conclusions on Powell as an exponent and analyst of the art of comic fiction.
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