Descents of Memory: A Life of John Cowper Powys

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"Who is John Cowper Powys?" is a question many might ask about the British writer whose name is often absent from the reading lists of English courses. This biography provides a hearty study that will introduce Powys to readers while diving deep into his unusual psyche. With it, Krissdóttir (John Cowper Powys and the Magical Quest) has become quite the Powys scholar; she previously edited two volumes of his diaries and authored a critical examination of his texts. Stating that "a biography could not be written about Powys alone," she devotes much of her examination to Powys's relationships through a dissection of letters, diaries, many never-before-seen archival materials (including photos), and the writer's own works. Krissdóttir reveals in the prolog that Powys's work continues to attract and repulse her. It may be for this reason that she frequently returns to his often sadistic sexual obsessions. Such a focus on her subject's sexuality, however, is defensible; Powys often discussed sexual matters in his work. Recommended for public and academic libraries with British literature collections.
—Stacy Russo

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781585679171
  • Publisher: Overlook
  • Publication date: 9/6/2007
  • Pages: 464
  • Product dimensions: 6.31 (w) x 9.23 (h) x 1.29 (d)

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