By Hilary Spurling
The long-awaited portrait of a literary grasp from one in all our generation's maximum biographers
Anthony Powell: the literary genius who gave us A Dance to the song of Time, an undisputed vintage of English literature. Spanning twelve surprising volumes and written over twenty-five years, his comedian masterpiece teems with idiosyncratic characters, shooting 20th century Britain via conflict and peace.
Drawing on Powell's letters and journals, and the thoughts of these who knew him, Hilary Spurling explores his lifestyles. Investigating the chums, family members, enthusiasts, associates, fools and geniuses who surrounded him, she finds the comical and tragic occasions that encouraged one of many maximum fictions of the age.
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