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A BIBLIOGRAPHY OF LLEWELYN POWYS by Peter J. Foss

A BIBLIOGRAPHY OF

LLEWELYN POWYS

 

Llewelyn Powys: LOVE AND DEATH

LOVE AND DEATH

Llewelyn Powys

 

SOMERSET ESSAYS

Llewelyn Powys

 

Llewelyn Powys: DORSET ESSAYS

DORSET ESSAYS

Llewelyn Powys

 

A STRUGGLE FOR LIFE

Llewelyn Powys

 

Philippa Powys SORREL BARN and THE TRAGEDY OF BUDVALE

SORREL BARN

Phiippa Powys

 

THE MARKET BELL by T. F. Powys (Brynmill)

THE MARKET BELL

T.F. Powys

 

MOCK'S CURSE by T. F. Powys (Brynmill)

MOCK'S CURSE

T.F. Powys

 

JOHN COWPER POWYS: AUTOBIOGRAPHY

AUTOBIOGRAPHY

John Cowper Powys

(Reprinted by Faber Finds)

 

John Cowper Powys RODMOOR

RODMOOR

John Cowper Powys

 

 DUCDAME

John Cowper Powys

 

MAIDEN CASTLE

John Cowper Powys

 

OWEN GLENDOWER

John Cowper Powys

 

John Cowper Powys PORIUS

PORIUS

John Cowper Powys

 

 

  DESCENTS OF MEMORY The Life of John Cowper Powys by Morine Krissdottir

DESCENTS OF MEMORY

 

A GLASTONBURY ROMANCE REVISITED

H.W. Fawkner John Cowper Powys and the Soul

JOHN COWPER POWYS AND THE SOUL

 

The Brothers Powys by Richard Powys Graves

The Brothers Percival

by Richard Powys Graves

 

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THE POWYS SOCIETY welcomes general readers, academics and everyone else who appreciates the works of the Powyses - specifically but not exclusively John Cowper, Theodore and Llewelyn - or would like to discover more. Membership is open to all and Powys readers from around the world are welcome - indeed, actively encouraged - to join the Society.

The aims of The Powys Society are:

- To promote a wider general readership and stimulate scholarly study and discussion of the works of the Powys brothers

- To actively promote an expanded universe around the Powyses

- To provide a comprehensive and accurate resource on the life and works of the Powyses

 

JOIN THE SOCIETY ~ Membership benefits include:

- A membership pack on joining.

- An annual Journal devoted to the study of the life and works of John Cowper, Theodore and Llewelyn Powys plus three 50 page newsletters (March, July and November).

- The Society is active in promoting the life and works of the Powys family. Speakers are arranged for special events.

- Opportunities to meet fellow Powysians and those who share your interest.

- An annual weekend conference and Powys Days.  JOIN US

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Join The Society and just go to our Publications Order Form, select the item you would like to receive and send this to Hon Secretary, at the address on the form, accompanied by details of your membership payment.

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   PROTEUS AND THE MAGICIAN

The Letters of Henry Miller and John Cowper Powys

JOHN COWPER POWYS by Gertrude Mary Powys

JOHN COWPER POWYS

Oil on canvas by Gertrude Mary Powys

© The Powys Society Collection

In May, The Powys Press will publish PROTEUS AND THE MAGICIAN

The Letters of Henry Miller and John Cowper Powys edited by Jacqueline Peltier

 

Two POWYS DAYS in 2014

Brandon, Norfolk, Saturday 26 April

Dorchester, Saturday 19 July

Full details on the News & Events page.

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Conference 2014

15 — 17 August at The Sherborne Hotel, Sherborne, Dorset

For details of this year's Conference please click here

 

[Completed Conference booking forms must be returned by 15th May]

   

The Latest Addition

to the WEBLIOGRAPHY

A comprehensive collection of original manuscripts, representing the works of John Cowper Powys, T F Powys, Llewelyn Powys and other members of the Powys family.

Powys Society

Now Available to download as a 21 page PDF:

REMINISCENCES of JOHN COWPER POWYS in the late 1920s by ALBERT S. KRICK

Please click here (the PDF will open in a separate window or tab).

Powys Society

The Correspondence of James Purdy and John Cowper Powys 1956-1963
Edited with an introduction by Michael Ballin and Charles Lock
Powys Journal, Vol. XXIII

(FULL details here)

 

The National Library of Wales

Writers of Wales exhibition: John Cowper Powys

March 2013 — February 2014

 


tfp, the powys society

TFP's Mr Weston travelled through a small part of Dorset in a Ford delivery van.


"A genius - a fearless writer, who writes with reckless passion." - Margaret Drabble on John Cowper Powys 

“The one author I could not live without is John Cowper Powys” – Bernard Cornwell

 “ … why not read John Cowper Powys instead of the pretentious and tedious DH Lawrence?” – Simon Heffer

"Powys evoked the English landscape with an almost sexual intensity. Hardy comes to mind, but a Hardy drunk and feverish with mystical exuberance." - Philip Pullman on John Cowper Powys

"Llewelyn Powys is one of those rare writers who teach endurance of life as well as its enjoyment." - Philip Larkin

"T. F. Powys, that master of rural understatement whose wry humour and warmth, and whose marvellous narrational 'pull', are irresistible." - Ronald Blythe

"Theodore Powys wrote extraordinary fables of English country life. Bloomsbury admirers hailed them as the singular works of a dark and brooding genius." - P. Wright

"Theodore Powys, the brother of Llewelyn, is a rare person." - T. E. Lawrence

"For when we talk of the Powyses, either individually or as a group, we do not speak of personalities merely, for their various works and characters interact with those of their readers and create new realms of experience. To adapt Auden's poem 'Edward Lear', they have become a land, and those who explore it can appropriate to themselves what they find there. To that extent they themselves are witness to the Powys mystique and may justifiably feel grateful for their citizenship of this complex and endlessly accommodating province of the corporate literary imagination."

From That Goblin Race: The Powys Family Mystique by Glen Cavaliero (The Powys Journal Vol. XIX )


The fifty-six page Powys Society Newsletter No 77 (Nov 2012).

 

 

 

The online version of Newsletter No. 74 has been viewed by over 6,703 individual readers (Nov 2013)

 

NEW Additions to Webliography


“In books dwell all the demons and all the angels of the human mind. It is for this reason that a bookshop — especially a second-hand bookshop / antiquarian — is an arsenal of explosives, an armoury of revolutions, an opium den of reaction.” — John Cowper Powys

“She would wish that far stranger weddings happened in the world than anything that she saw or heard of at Madder. She needed much more than plain Madder life to interest her —some events more like a proceeding that had happened in a book of fables that she had once read, where a little mouse wished to be joined in holy wedlock with a lioness, who, unluckily going out to meet her little dear before the wedding, chanced to set her foot upon him.” — T.F. Powys

 "No sight that the human eyes can look upon is more provocative of awe than is the night sky scattered thick with stars.” — Llewelyn Powys


 

John Cowper Powys Dorchester wall plaque The Dorset Year: The Diary of John Cowper Powys (June 1934 to June 1935)
Wall plaque at High West Street, Dorchester, Dorset

The Dorset Year: The Diary of John Cowper Powys

(June 1934 to June 1935)


NATURE FROM THE START HAS MADE ME AN ACTOR 

There has always been, by his own admission, a touch of the theatrical about John Cowper Powys: 'There is no use trying to conceal the fact', he wrote in the Autobiography, 'that Nature from the start had made me an actor.'


A reading by Oliver Wilkinson (6 mins 40 secs)

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http://www.heraldscotland.com/ui/img/blank.gif[Oliver Wilkinson was an actor, director, playwright, and lecturer. His parents, the author Louis Wilkinson and poet Frances Gregg, were close friends of the Powys family. In 1994 Oliver, assisted by his son, Christopher, edited the letters exchanged between his mother and John Cowper Powys, Oliver's godfather.]


"The realm of John Cowper Powys is dangerous. The reader may wander for years in this parallel universe, entrapped and bewitched, and never reach its end. There is always another book to discover, another work to reread. Like Tolkien, Powys has invented another country, densely peopled, thickly forested, mountainous, erudite, strangely self-sufficient. This country is less visited than Tolkien's, but it is as compelling, and it has more air." - Margaret Drabble

“(T.F.) Powys’ prose is a strange mix of aphoristic religious argot, abstracted dreamscape, grammatically non-standard expression and hallucinatory horror that calls to mind modern Dadaoist writers like Michael Cisco or Thomas Ligotti far more than any of Powys’ own 1930’s contemporaries. Yet counterpointed against this arch and affected style is a lyrical romanticising of the rural and bucolic English countryside that’s almost Thomas Hardy-esque, both in its nature-heavy descriptions and its eagerness to present a countryside that’s at once beautiful and wild; sacrosanct and carnal.  And if that’s not weird enough for you, wait until you encounter the book’s supporting cast: a woman who thinks she’s a camel, a man who’s transferred his libido into a line of nut trees, and a priest who convinces women to become prostitutes, only to spend hours reading Jane Austen to them in an attempt to curtail their wickedness.” - tomcat in the red room

Read or listen to 'Theodore Powys and The Paradox of Immortality' by John Gray

T. F. Powys, an English Tolstoy? by Michael Caines

Often described as one of the great apocalyptic novels of our time, WOLF SOLENT is the story of a young man returning from London to work near to the school at which his father had been history master. Complex, romantic and humorous, it is a classicwork combining a close understanding of man's everyday experience with a delicate awareness of the spiritual. UNCLAY by T. F. Powy T. F . Powys MR WESTON'S GOOD WINE MR TASKER'S GODS by T. F. Powys (1st UK edtn.) Llewelyn Powys EARTH MEMORIES

WOLF SOLENT

John Cowper Powys

UNCLAY

T. F. Powys

MR WESTON'S

GOOD WINE

T. F. Powys

MR TASKER'S GODS

T. F. Powys

EARTH MEMORIES

Llewelyn Powys

John Cowper Powys A GLASTONBURY ROMANCE Philippa Powys The BLACKTHORN WINTER Llewelyn Powys IMPASSIONED CLAY Llewelyn Powys GLORY OF LIFE

A GLASTONBURY ROMANCE

John Cowper Powys

AUTOBIOGRAPHY

John Cowper Powys

THE BLACKTHORN WINTER

by Philippa Powys

IMPASSIONED CLAY

Llewelyn Powys

GLORY OF LIFE

Llewelyn Powys

From AUTOBIOGRAPHY by John Cowper Powys: “I have tried to write my life as if I were confessing to a priest, a philosopher, and a wise old woman. I have tried to write as if I were going to be executed when it was finished. I have tried to write it as if I were both God and Devil.”

One is tempted to say only John Cowper Powys could have written that, and, beyond doubt, only John Cowper Powys could have written the idiosyncratic and spellbinding work we have here. Yes, he was influenced by Yeats and Rousseau, especially the latter’s Confessions, but there is no other work quite like this. It seems almost too pedestrian to say it covers the first sixty years of his life (he lived for another thirty years) and to say anything about them, as J. B. Priestley memorably put it, “would be like turning on a tap before introducing people to Niagara Falls.” J. B. Priestley also said “It is a book which can be read, with pleasure and profit, over and over again. It is in fact one of the greatest autobiographies in the English language. Even if Powys had never written any novels, this one book alone would have proved him to be a writer of genius.”

 
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