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Anthony Powell was a beady observer of his own caste

‘Am I a Snob?’ was a question the author never asked himself

By Fatema Ahmed   January 2018

BL3281560 Anthony Powell 1974 by Godwin, Fay (1931-2005); British Library, London, UK.

Nicholas Jenkins, the narrator of A Dance to the Music of Time, notes that “human life is largely lived at surface level.” The value of the remarkable 12-volume cycle of novels that is Anthony Powell’s monument lies not in any psychological depth, but in its social comedy and pungent insider’s analysis of the aristocratic circles in which the author moved. Those qualities have won him the admiration of Marxist historians as well as belles-lettrists. Perry Anderson has said:…

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