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John Cowper Powys (1872–1963)

Autor(a) de Wolf Solent

106+ Works 3,321 Membros 64 Críticas 43 Favorited

About the Author

British novelist, poet and philosopher John Cowper Powys was born in Shirley, Derbyshire on October 8, 1872. He was a lecturer for more than three decades, traveling across America but eventually returned to Great Britain. He has written regional romances, historical fiction and critical studies mostrar mais including A Glastonbury Romance and Wolf Solent. He died on June 17, 1963. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos


Obras por John Cowper Powys

Wolf Solent (1929) 605 exemplares
A Glastonbury Romance (1932) 569 exemplares
Weymouth Sands (1934) 248 exemplares
Porius (1974) 200 exemplares
Owen Glendower (1974) 180 exemplares
Maiden Castle (1936) 175 exemplares
Autobiography (1556) 104 exemplares
The Brazen Head (1956) 99 exemplares
The Meaning of Culture (1929) 84 exemplares
Morwyn (1937) 69 exemplares
Three Fantasies (1985) 63 exemplares
One Hundred Best Books (1916) 56 exemplares
Ducdame (1977) 48 exemplares
A Philosophy of Solitude (1933) 47 exemplares
In defence of sensuality (1930) 40 exemplares
After My Fashion (1980) 39 exemplares
The Art of Happiness (1935) 37 exemplares
Wood and Stone (1915) 34 exemplares
Atlantis (1954) 32 exemplares
The Inmates (1952) 30 exemplares
All or Nothing (1973) 26 exemplares
Rodmoor (1916) 25 exemplares
The Pleasures of Literature (1938) 25 exemplares
The Complex Vision (2005) 24 exemplares
Obstinate Cymric: Essays 1935-47 (1947) 20 exemplares
The Art of Growing Old (1944) 18 exemplares
Confessions of Two Brothers (1971) 14 exemplares
Enjoyment of Literature (1938) 13 exemplares
The Religion of a Skeptic (1975) 12 exemplares
Dostoievsky (1946) 12 exemplares
Rabelais (1948) 11 exemplares
Mortal strife (1942) 11 exemplares
Homer and the Aether (1959) 11 exemplares
Two & two (1974) 10 exemplares
Real Wraiths (1974) 10 exemplares
Wolf'S-Bane: Rhymes (1916) 9 exemplares
Mandragora (1975) 9 exemplares
Poems (1964) 8 exemplares
Samphire (1975) 8 exemplares
Lucifer (1956) 7 exemplares
You and Me (1975) 7 exemplares
Jobber Skald 5 exemplares
Odes and Other Poems (1975) 5 exemplares
The Secret of Self Development (1926) 5 exemplares
Dorothy M. Richardson (1931) 5 exemplares
Psychoanalysis and morality (2011) 4 exemplares
Letters to Nicholas Ross (1971) 3 exemplares
Esprits-frères (2001) 2 exemplares
War and Culture (1975) 2 exemplares
Powys and Dorothy Richardson (2008) 1 exemplar
Studiekamraten 1 exemplar
L'art de resister au malheur (2022) 1 exemplar
An Englishman up-state (1974) 1 exemplar
William Blake (1974) 1 exemplar
Paddock Calls (1984) 1 exemplar
Scènes de chasse en famille (2003) 1 exemplar
Elusive America (1994) 1 exemplar
Topsy-Turvy 1 exemplar
Abertackle 1 exemplar
Cataclysm 1 exemplar

Associated Works

Delphi Complete Works of Charles Dickens (Illustrated) (2011) — Contribuidor, algumas edições77 exemplares
This Finer Shadow (1941) — Introdução — 13 exemplares
Wheels On Gravel — Prefácio — 3 exemplares
Theodore : Essays on T.F. Powys — Contribuidor — 2 exemplares


Conhecimento Comum



PORIUS: A 3rd edition. em Le Salon Littéraire du Peuple pour le Peuple (Janeiro 2012)
Notes for a potential reading of John Cowper Powys's PORIUS in 2011. em Le Salon Littéraire du Peuple pour le Peuple (Junho 2011)
Group read: A Glastonbury Romance em 75 Books Challenge for 2011 (Março 2011)


It is a very rare occurrence, but I have abandoned the attempt to read this book. I got through the first three or four chapters, skipping more and more verbiage on each page, until I couldn't stand it any longer. Ye gods! and I thought Henry James was tough going.

I should have known, really. Many years ago, a friend gave me A Glastonbury Romance solely because it was the only book he had found that was thicker than The Lord of the Rings. The prose style was so turgid, so convoluted, so pretentious, that I caused much hilarity among my schoolfellows by reading out a sentence or two from the first chapter. This book is no better. Powys is verbose; relenstlessly verbose; oppressively verbose. He never uses one word where six would do; he stacks ideas and piles up subordinate clauses until the reader is desperately grasping, or gasping, for the end of the sentence. He ladles in classical reference in such a way that you feel he is giving you information about his mythological sources, but you seem to end up none the wiser, and battered by the onslaught of names and attributes. After several pages of philosophizing and rumination on the part of a range of mysteriously sentient characters such as a fly, a moth, a large wooden club, and a pillar of Odyseuss's palace, the author has both exhibited and then obscured whatever deep and cosmic idea it was that motivated his writing.

I just lost patience with it. Life is really too short to spend time on such an annoying book!

MB 31-iii-2024
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MyopicBookworm | 2 outras críticas | Mar 31, 2024 |
What a slog. Interesting at first to read something so clearly influential to writers I hate, like Lawrence, and love, like Murdoch. The weird self-obsession of Wolf, and the intensity with which Powys delves into it, starts out fun but by half way, all the fun is gone (to quote Curious George). It turns into a Lawrencian mope-a-long in the company of a total drip. On the other hand you have a cast of real eccentrics, the satanic Squire Urquhart and the self-doubting vicar Tilly-Valley being typically Murdochian types. In the end though, I was completely unable to stomach another cup of tea, pointless self-reflective walk in the country, or obscure reference to someone’s “life illusion” or “mythology”.… (mais)
yarb | 8 outras críticas | Aug 2, 2023 |
Tried this twice and just couldn't get into it.
judeprufrock | 8 outras críticas | Jul 4, 2023 |
I read 500 pages and gave up because I did not like the characters.
JRobinW | 9 outras críticas | Jan 20, 2023 |



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