W.J. Keith's four Reader's Companions give background information — on JCP’s life, mythological references, historical background — in handy alphabetically arranged guides. These serve as helpful guides to a first reader of a complex novel such as Porius unfamiliar with Welsh mythology, and essential reference books for those re-reading John Cowper Powys’s major works. Tribute is also due to Jacqueline Peltier whose assistance Keith acknowledges and who has provided a home for these guides and a dedicated page at http://www.powys-lannion.net/Powys/Keith/Companions.htm.
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