With an introduction by Janice Gregory.
Available from The Sundial Press
Right: JANICE GREGORY holding a copy of SHE SHALL HAVE MUSIC by her great-aunt.
Janice will be giving a talk on ALYSE GREGORY - OUT OF THE SHADOWS on Friday, 16 August 2019 8.00 p.m. at The Powys Society Conference, The Hand Hotel, Llangollen
‘Very few writers create a world of their own. John Cowper Powys was one of this select company, and the world he fashioned is like nothing else in literature. Anyone who wants to explore this strange, magical and yet somehow earthily realistic alternative reality should begin by reading Powysland’. — John Gray
Available from The Sundial Press
First paperback edition
Limited special price of £10.00 to Powys Society members
The Sundial Press is an independent publisher with a programme of reprints of early-twentieth-century books with new introductions, including works by Alyse Gregory (Hester Craddock and King Log & Lady Lea), Llewelyn Powys (two volumes of Wessex Essays and CHRISTMAS LORE AND LEGEND Yuletide Essays), Theodore Powys (Unclay and Kindness in a Corner), Philippa Powys (The Blackthorn Winter and Sorrel Barn & The Tragedy of Budvale) and Littleton Powys (The Joy Of It) plus The Sailor's Return by David Garnett (with a previously omitted chapter and an Introduction by J. Lawrence Mitchell) and the previously unpublished Patterns on the Sand by Gamel Woolsey (with an Introduction by Barbara Ozieblo).
Strike, £15.00 (paperback)
Jack Clemo is best known as a poet – one of the most extraordinary poets of the twentieth century. His novel Wilding Graft (1948) was admired by T.F. Powys; the two corresponded and met. In his second volume of autobiography, The Marriage of a Rebel (1980), Clemo’s sense of kinship with T. F. Powys - to whom he also dedicated a poem, ‘A Kindred Battlefield’ - is made explicit: ‘He too had chosen the unworldly borderline, the terrible wrestle with God.’
Clay Phoenix is the first biography of Clemo, and it is the first study to draw from Clemo's extensive archives; an archive that includes sixty years of diaries, letters (including to and from Charles Causley, Cecil Day Lewis, Mary Whitehouse, AL Rowse, Frances Bellerby, TF Powys, George MacBeth and Sir Arthur Quiller Couch), manuscripts of every volume of Clemo’s work and a large photograph collection. — Luke Thompson lectures at Falmouth University.
Troubador Publishing. £11.99 (paperback) £24.99 (hardback)
“Cavaliero is a poet with much to offer, shrewd in his observation of human nature and technically assured in his articulation of relatively figurative emotions and sensations” – Glyn Pursglove, Acumen
“Sharply observant... [His poems] have that sense of place which such poetry needs” – John Betjeman
“Cavaliero is one of the master-shapers of the English stanza” – Charles Lock, Poetry Salzburg Review
With notes by the translator and an introduction by Marcella Henderson-Peal. View further information.
Avalon Aeon Publications, 2016: Includes a discussion of A Glastonbury Romance.
A revision of Jamoussi's 1971 doctoral thesis,
available from: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
Price: £47.99. Dr Jamoussi was a lecturer at The University of Tunis.
by Neil Lee and Reb Lee available as an Amazon kindle eBook.
From John Gray's introduction: ‘These essays celebrate the life of the spirit – not by turning to an otherworldly realm, or retreating into the shadowy depths of the mind, but by standing still and looking anew at the sun and rain and the changing seasons. As Powys shows, the human spirit is reborn when it sees the natural world as it actually is – a spectacle of inexhaustible beauty.’
First published in 1925, Skin
For Skin is a deeply personal account of Llewelyn Powys’ encounter with
tuberculosis, which he contracted in 1909 at the age of twenty-five. In those
days, prior to the discovery of antibiotics, TB - or consumption as it was then
called - was a leading cause of death; for Powys, the bubbling sensation in his
lungs and the blood in his mouth amounted to a sentence of death. In the pages
of this uncompromising memoir we accompany him to a Swiss sanitarium to recover
his health, then back to the south of England for a period of convalescence,
hoping that the symptoms of the “hideous complaint” do not return. Hoping
- but not praying. For Powys, an atheist, there is no comfort in a belief in
God and an immortal soul, and so he finds himself staring into the abyss. The experience,
as so much else in the book, is recounted in powerfully vivid, lyrical prose:
“I would wake in the small hours of the morning swaddled in fear. With scared eyes I would peer into the darkness of my room, and into the unknown days before me, and come to realize, during those tense, suspended moments, how completely unattended, how intolerably alone we are, each one of us, like cattle herded into a merciless stockyard, to be driven into the shambles, separately, when our turn comes.”
And yet, despite the soulless darkness, there is reason for existence. As we see in Skin For Skin, Powys finds it in enjoying life to the fullest, in feasting upon it while he has it, in squeezing the last drop of joy from each day. As the Brooklyn Daily Eagle concluded in its review in 1925, “Rugged, brutal and yet, in spots, tender, Skin For Skin makes life worth living after all.”
Faber Finds have issued eBook / print on demand titles as follows:
Two previously unpublished novellas,with an Introduction by Cicely Hill and Editor's Note by Louise de Bruin,
“Philippa my dear I must congratulate you on the excitement your Budvale caused us. Alyse read it first & expressed herself astonished at its power & beauty. Then as soon as Lulu was back I read it all through aloud to them both, in two readings. And Lulu was as excited as I have only about once before seen him excited by any writing.
I do congratulate you on this work … but I regard it as only a prelude to others more beautiful & formidable.” – John Cowper Powys (in a letter to the author, August 1924).
‘A FEW evenings later Zola found herself once more fetching water. The
sun had set, but darkness still held aloof from the fields. The winds were
cold, though the primroses crowded the woods, and violets lay concealed between
their new leaves; a great part of the fallow land remained bare. Through a
border of trees to a field below Zola followed the little foot-path, where
behind a big walnut there lay hidden among a network of bushes a clear spring
of water. Having first leant over to drink from the rising bubbles themselves,
she filled her pails, then turned to leave the well as she found it – a temple
for the birds. But almost as quickly she dropped them as she could not resist
the desire to pick the primroses which clustered yellow at different points on
the banks beside her. What joy they gave her, with their fragrance and their
delicacy!’ (From Sorrel Barn)
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Old Africa Books (September 2012)
The poet and diarist Mary Casey (1915-1980) was the niece of John Cowper, Theodore Francis and Llewelyn Powys. After her marriage to Gerard Casey she followed him to Kenya, where he was working as a farm assistant for her uncle and godfather W.E. (Will) Powys. The title of this selection from Mary Casey's African journals Under the Shadow of the Oath refers to the Mau Mau Uprising, which started in 1952. By then the Caseys were well established on their own farm on the slopes of Mount Kenya just above a forest reserve, a hiding-place for dangerous wild animals as well as the Mau Mau, but as Mary Casey writes ‘ ... if you have to spend your days with people who have taken blood-curling oaths for your destruction the only possible way to carry on is as if everything was as usual, apart from what seem reasonable precautions.’ Her journals offered often a refuge and meant to her 'above all a transmutation by poetic thought of grief into some kind of tragic drama; of joy in the elements into song'.
See review by Jeremy Hooker
DURDLE DOOR TO DARTMOOR, paperback £9.99 from The Sundial Press
CONTENTS: The Durdle Door - The White Nose - A Bronze Age Valley - Bats Head -The Fossil Forest - The Castle Park of East Lulworth - St Aldhelm’s Head - Studland - Corfe Castle - Herring Gulls - Stalbridge Rectory - The River Yeo - Cerne Abbas - Stinsford Churchyard - The Grave of William Barnes - Weymouth Harbour - Portland - A Famous Wreck - Hardy’s Monument - The Swannery Bell at Abbotsbury - Lyme Regis - Montacute House - Ham Hill - On the Other Side of the Quantocks - Exmoor - Dartmoor
STILL BLUE BEAUTY, paperback £9.99 from The Sundial Press (An attractive second volume of twenty-six Wessex Essays, including four previously uncollected)
CONTENTS: The Sea! The Sea! The Sea! - Lodmoor - The Memory of One Day - A
Stonehenge in Miniature - The Father of Dorset - A Pond - High
Chaldon - A Royal Rebel - Somerset Names - Montacute Hill - The
Village Shop - The Wordsworths in Dorset - The World Is New! - A
Visit by Moonlight - Shaftesbury: Champion of the Poor - A Wish for
Freedom - Athelney: In the Steps of King Alfred - Wookey Hole -
Green Corners of Dorset - Recollections of Thomas Hardy - A Foolish
Razorbill - A Richer Treasure - Weymouth Memories - The Shambles
Fog-Horn - Dorchester Lives.
The following Crescent Moon books in their John Cowper Powys Studies Series are available as e-books at Amazon and other online sellers.
The Brynmill Press has issued several important previously unpublished works by T.F. Powys - 'Father Adam' (1990) - 'The Market Bell' (1991) - 'Mock’s Curse' (1995) - 'The Sixpenny Strumpet' (1997) - 'Selected Early Works' (2005) - as well as a memoir 'Cuckoo in The Powys Nest' by T.F.Powys's adopted daughter, Theodora Scutt, and 'T. F. POWYS Aspects of a Life' by J. Lawrence Mitchell.
See Cecil Woolf's list of Powys related material. Includes The Uniform Edition of the Collected Letters of John Cowper Powys and The Powys Heritage Monographs.
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