Anthony Powell: Dancing to the Music of Time

Anthony Powell: Dancing to the Music of Time Review

The definitive portrait of a literary master from one of our generation's foremost biographers

Acclaimed literary biographer Hilary Spurling turns her attention to Anthony Powell, an iconic figure of English letters. Equally notorious for his literary achievements and his lacerating wit, Powell famously authored the twelve-volume, twenty-five year magnum opus, A Dance to the Music of Time. This enduringly fascinating portrait of mid-20th-century Britain has never been out of print, inspiring TV and radio adaptations and elevating the author to The Times' list of fifty greatest British writers since 1945.

Master novelist, well-connected socialite and keen-eyed social observer, Powell comes into focus as never before in this authoritative biography from one of our generation's greatest biographers.

Title:Anthony Powell: Dancing to the Music of Time
Edition Language:English

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    Anthony Powell: Dancing to the Music of Time Reviews

  • Nigeyb

    Hilary Spurling knew Anthony Powell over many years and agreed with him that she would publish a posthumous biography. Anthony Powell: Dancing to the Music of Time is the result. It's a page turner, f...

  • Jonathan

    I have always been rather ambivalent towards biographies as I find the minutiae of people's lives rather dull reading, especially when we have to wade through the subject's childhood and 'all that Dav...

  • June Louise

    This is wonderfully written biography of an outstanding author who, nowadays, is relatively unknown. Spurling's account of Tony, his acquaintances, his loves, and events in his life, reads almost like...

  • Claire

    Very interesting times and people. An amazing life and all the more engaging having read ‘Dance to the Music of Time’. Of course it is reflective of a certain cohort, mainly male, old school conne...

  • Liam Guilar

    If you didn't know who Anthony Powell was, and hadn't read A Dance to the Music of Time, this would still be worth reading as an insight into the British Literary world. Most of the major players, fro...

  • Timothy Hallinan

    I'm an almost lifetime fan of Anthony Powell's 12-volume masterpiece A DANCE TO THE MUSIC OF TIME, and Spurling's book is the first biography of Powell I know of that really focuses on his crowning ac...

  • William

    "Tony needed a project to keep him sane through the coming months or years of war when it would be impossible to concentrate on anything so demanding as a novel. Wanting something scrappier and more p...

  • David

    A welcome addition to contemplation of AP and his achievement. There are a few errors (but of the sort AP himself committed in the Novels—time cues that do not gel, characters reversed). Many early ...

  • Ian Brydon

    Anthony Powell’s twelve novel sequence, A Dance to the Music of Time, is one of the great jewels of post war British literature. Largely biographical, and narrated in the first person, it offers a g...

  • Anne Fenn

    An interesting and valuable book about Tony Powell, author of the 12 volume series A Dance to the Music of Time. This is well loved within my family, and I'm very inspired now to read it myself. Spurl...