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Llewelyn Powys (1884-1939)

'A Philosophical Poet'

Llewelyn Powys GLORY OF LIFE

 

"No sight that the human eyes can look upon is more provocative of awe than is the night sky scattered thick with stars. But this silence made visible, this silence made audible, does not necessarily give rise to a religious mood. It may evoke a mood that neither requires nor postulates a God. On frosty January nights when I walk over the downs I feel myself to be passing through a lofty heathen temple, a temple without devil-affrighting steeple bells, without altars of stone or altars of wood. Constellation beyond constellation, the unaltering white splash of the Milky Way, and no sign of benison, no sign of bane, only the homely hedgerow shadows and the earth's resigned stillness outstretched under the unparticipating splendour of a physical absolute."

 

Llewelyn Powys was born in Dorchester, Dorset, spent his childhood at Montacute, Somerset, and as an adult lived for varying periods in Kenya, the United States, Dorset and Switzerland. His twenty-six books include a novel, Apples be Ripe, a biography, Henry Hudson, essays descriptive and polemical, memoirs and reminiscences. Of all the Powys brothers, Llewelyn was recognized as the most cheerful, the most at ease with existence: the only one for whom a title such as Glory of Life could hold not a shadow of the ironic. Llewelyn's epicurean philosophy is intimately related to the tuberculosis with which he struggled for thirty years.

Llewelyn Powys: EBONY AND IVORY   Llewelyn Powys: SKIN FOR SKIN   Llewelyn Powys: APPLES BE RIPE   Llewelyn Powys EARTH MEMORIES   Llewelyn Powys: SWISS ESSAYS   Llewelyn Powys, SOMERSET ESSAYS   Llewelyn Powys: LOVE AND DEATH   Llewelyn Powys WESSEX MEMORIES

Among Llewelyn's best books are Black Laughter, about life in Africa, Skin for Skin, a memoir of his first attack of tuberculosis and residence in a Swiss sanatorium, Impassioned Clay, a statement of his philosophical outlook, the essays collected in Earth Memories, Dorset Essays, Somerset Essays and Swiss Essays, and the fictionalized autobiography Love and Death. In their blend of the descriptive, the reminiscent, and the polemical, Llewelyn's best writings have retained both their urgency of appeal and their charm of evocation.

Malcolm Elwin, his first biographer, described Llewelyn Powys as 'a philosophical poet relating the pleasures of his senses in the purest prose of his time'.

Major Works of Llewelyn Powys

 

Ebony and Ivory (1923)

Thirteen Worthies (1923)

Black Laughter (1924)

Skin for Skin (1925)

The Verdict of Bridlegoose (1926)

Henry Hudson (1927)

The Cradle of God (1929)

The Pathetic Fallacy (1930)

Apples Be Ripe (1930)

A Pagan’s Pilgrimage (1931)

Impassioned Clay (1931)

Glory of Life (1934)

Earth Memories (1934)

Damnable Opinions (1935)

Dorset Essays (1935)

The Twelve Months (1936)

Rats in the Sacristy (1937)

Somerset Essays (1937)

Love and Death (1939)

A Baker’s Dozen (1939)

 Swiss Essays (1947)

LLEWELYN POWYS: A Selection of his Writings

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Llewelyn Powys in New York, 1928. Photo by Doris Ulmann 

(Courtesy of Stephen Powys Marks)

Llewelyn Powys (1884-1939), novelist and essayist, was born at Dorchester, Dorset, on 13 August 1884, and educated at Sherborne School, 1899-1903, and Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, 1903-1906. He was a stock farmer in Kenya, 1914-1919, and a journalist in New York City, 1920-1925. After marrying Alyse Gregory (1884-1967) in 1924, Powys travelled with his wife, paying visits to Palestine (1928), West Indies (1930) and Switzerland (1937). He died in Switzerland on 2 December 1939.

Recent Llewelyn Powys publications

Llewelyn Powys DURDLE DOOR TO DARTMOOR Llewelyn Powys STILL BLUE BEAUTY Llewelyn Powys CHRISTMAS LORE AND LEGEND YULETIDE ESSAYS
DURDLE DOOR TO DARTMOOR STILL BLUE BEAUTY CHRISTMAS LORE AND LEGEND A STRUGGLE FOR LIFE
 

All four titles in paperback format at £9.99 excepting Christmas Lore and Legend at £6.99.

 
Additionally, three booklets of diaries published by Cecil Woolf and edited by Peter Foss, and the same author’s Bibliography of Llewelyn Powys. All are currently in print.

Peter Foss will give a talk at this year's Powys Society Conference on Llewelyn's diary for 1910.

 

STINSFORD CHURCHYARD by Llewelyn Powys

read by Chris Wilkinson (7 mins 41 secs)

Please click on the icon below to hear Chris Wilkinson read an essay from Dorset Essays reprinted in Durdle Door to Dartmoor (The Sundial Press)

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 The Dandelion Fellowship
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Celebrating the life, work and philosophy of Llewelyn Powys (1884-1939)

The Friends of Llewelyn Powys congregate each August 13th for the annual gathering at the Sailor’s Return in East Chaldon, Dorset at 12 noon — all welcome.

After lunch those assembled walk from Chaldon up to the coastal path on top of Chaldon Down and wild flowers are laid on Llewelyn Powys’ Memorial Stone, a toast is drunk to his memory and several passages from Llewelyn's books are read.

 

A few copies of The Dandelion Fellowship Newsletter are still available

For further information please contact Neil Lee: atkin.neil@sky.com

 

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  Llewelyn Powys: The Book of Days

The Diary of a Reluctant Teacher:
 Llewelyn Powys's Diary for 1908

Edited with an Introduction

by Peter J. Foss

 

THE NEW ADAM

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From The Book of Days

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Llewelyn Powys EARTH MEMORIES

EARTH MEMORIES

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LLEWELYN POWYS - An Essay By Kenneth Hopkins Essay by K. Hopkins

Llewelyn Powys THOMAS BEWICK

THOMAS BEWICK by Llewelyn Powys

Llewelyn Powys: IMPASSIONED CLAY

IMPASSIONED CLAY

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 A BIBLIOGRAPHY OF LLEWELYN POWYS by Peter J. Foss

A BIBLIOGRAPHY OF

LLEWELYN POWYS

by Peter J. Foss

 
 

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