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Dawn Powell at Her Best Hardcover – June 1, 1998

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From Publishers Weekly

Nostalgic as a vintage movie, though often marred by a plotless drift and trivializing portrayals of women and ethnic minorities, these two reissued novels and nine stories recall Powell (1897-1965) from critical oblivion. Powell creates evocative scenes. In dead-end, working-class Lampton (Dance Night, 1930), "behind the honeysuckle vines on the boarding-house porches the girls sat in their kimonos eating ice-cream." This novel's hub is a popular dance academy, which prim milliner Elsinore attends and where she develops a crush on the teacher. Discontent drives Elsinore to crime and a new life as a chic streetwalker. Turn, Magic Wheel (1936) derides in gushy prose the New York literary scene, where vapid writers and publishers gossip, booze and name-drop. The novel's protagonist, redhead novelist Dennis Orphen, uses lovers-staunch Effie and flirty Corinne-as grist for stories, wielding power with his "shiny little pen." Meanwhile, Effie tends her ex-husband's (another writer) current wife, who is painfully dying of cancer-an incident treated with clumsy satire. In two stories, girlfriends scheme to escape their men. Powell seems to sum up her artistic position in the short story "What Are You Doing in My Dreams?" whose narrator feels she "left Ohio... split in two at the crossroads," with one half in New York, the other "by night with the dead in long-ago Ohio."
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

Powell enjoyed a brief resurgence in 1990-91, with five of her novels seeing reissue. This anthology contains her novels Dance Night (1930) and Turn, Magic Wheel (1936) plus nine short pieces. Though not as well known as contem-poraries like Dorothy Parker, Powell is one of the great American women writers of the 20th century, and at her best she is better than most, male or female.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 452 pages
  • Publisher: Steerforth; 1st edition (June 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1883642167
  • ISBN-13: 978-1883642167
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.3 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,052,480 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 8, 1999
Format: Hardcover
What a delight to discover Dawn Powell! This collection offers a selection of novels and short stories that bristle with well-observed details and uncanny insights. She writes with ascerbic humor about the "wanna-bes" and the "haves" in flapper society with sometimes chilling clarity. Like so many of her contemporaries, she was brave enough to make heroes of very flawed creatures indeed--and do it very well. I wanted to know more about her and read more. Discovering her makes me wonder why Dorothy Parker and Edna Ferber got all the breaks.
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