Anthony Powell

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Anthony Dymoke Powell (21 December 1905 – 28 March 2000) was an English novelist best known for his twelve-volume work A Dance to the Music of Time, published between 1951 and 1975.

Powell's major work has remained in print continuously and has been the subject of TV and radio dramatisations. In 2008, The Times newspaper named Powell among their list of "The 50 greatest British ... more »

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  • ''Growing old's like being increasingly penalized for a crime you haven't committed.''
    Anthony Powell (b. 1905), British novelist. Dick Umfraville, in Temporary Kings, ch. 1 (1973). Eleventh in the novel sequence A Dance to the Music...
  • ''Few persons who have ever sat for a portrait can have felt anything but inferior while the process is going on.''
    Anthony Powell (b. 1905), British novelist. Quoted in Observer (London, January 9, 1983).
  • ''Parents ... are sometimes a bit of a disappointment to their children. They don't fulfil the promise of their early years.''
    Anthony Powell (b. 1905), British novelist. Stringham, in A Buyer's Market, ch. 2 (1952). The second in the novel sequence, A Dance to the Music o...
  • ''Self-love seems so often unrequited.''
    Anthony Powell (b. 1905), British novelist. The narrator (Nicholas Jenkins), in The Acceptance World, ch. 1 (1955).
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