The Wicked Pavilion

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The "wicked pavilion" is the Cafe Julien, where everybody who is anybody goes to recover from failed love affairs and to pursue new ones, to cadge money, to hatch plots, and and to puncture one another's reputations. Gore Vidal is one of many who considers The Wicked Pavilion to be Powell's best work.
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Overview

The "wicked pavilion" is the Cafe Julien, where everybody who is anybody goes to recover from failed love affairs and to pursue new ones, to cadge money, to hatch plots, and and to puncture one another's reputations. Gore Vidal is one of many who considers The Wicked Pavilion to be Powell's best work.
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“The Wicked Pavilion can justly be called the most accurate, the most penetrating, the most outrageously comic of all the hundreds of novels written about the Village.” – Ross Wetzsteon in his landmark history of Greenwich Village, Republic of Dreams (Simon & Schuster, 2002)
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Originally published in 1940, 1942, and 1954, respectively, this trio were reprinted by Vintage (Classic Returns, LJ 5/1/90) and the now defunct Yarrow Press (Classic Returns, LJ 4/15/91) in the early 1990s, when Powell experienced a bit of a resurgence only to disappear again. Like many of her works, these satirize New York's pseudointellectual elite. Powell is one of American literature's most lethal witsshe could hold her own against Dorothy Parker any timeand should be in all library collections.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781883642396
  • Publisher: Steerforth Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/1998
  • Pages: 281
  • Sales rank: 961,662
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.74 (d)

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The “Wicked Pavilion” of the title is the Café Julien, where everybody who is anybody goes to recover from failed love affairs and to pursue new ones, to cadge money, to hatch plots, and to puncture one another’s reputation. Dennis Orphen, the writer from Dawn Powell’s Turn, Magic Wheel, makes an appearance here, as does Andy Callingham, Powell’s thinly disguised Ernest Hemingway. The climax of this mercilessly funny novel comes with a party which, remarked Gore Vidal, “resembles Proust’s last roundup,” and where one of the partygoers observes, “There are some people here who have been dead twenty years.”

"For decades Dawn Powell was always just on the verge of ceasing to be a cult and becoming a major religion." -- Gore Vidal
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2004

    A Wonderfully Written Book!

    If you want to read anything by Powell, this is the book. A wonderfully whitty piece that for all purposes takes life as it is and puts in on paper. If you read this, you will be a fan for life!

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