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Dawn Powell /
Marcelle Smith Rice.
New York : Twayne Publishers, c2000.
xxiii, 182 p. ; 23 cm.
0805716025 (alk. paper)
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New York : Twayne Publishers, c2000.
0805716025 (alk. paper)
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 174- 178) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2000-09-01:
She had, as she herself admitted, "the name of an unsuccessful stripper." Yet Dawn Powell was one of the funniest and most astute writers of the Jazz Age and the years after, a social satirist who produced an impressive number of novels and plays and who attracted the admiration and critical praise of writers as different as Hemingway and Vidal. Known for her mordant wit, Powell was in her lifetime compared to her contemporary Dorothy Parker; as Rice points out, Parker's larger fame may have eclipsed Powell's reputation. In recent years, a Powell renaissance has occurred, thanks in part to the appearance of The Diaries of Dawn Powell, 1931-1965 (CH, Mar'96) and Selected Letters of Dawn Powell, 1913-1965 (CH, Feb'00), both edited by Tim Page. Brief but comprehensive, this first in-depth study of Powell's entire literary career has a virtue few critical works can claim: there are chuckles, guffaws, and the occasional full-blown belly laugh on almost every page. Academe would be different (and certainly merrier) were all subjects so amusing and all critics so fortunate in their choice of subjects. For graduate and research collections and large undergraduate and general libraries. D. Kirby; Florida State University
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American novelist, dramatist and short story writer known for her witty, sharp dialogue. This study builds on new critical groundwork and is the first in-depth study of Powell's literary career.
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Twayne's United States Authors, English Authors, and World Authors Series present concise critical introductions to great writers and their works.Devoted to critical interpretation and discussion of an author's work, each study takes account of major literary trends and important scholarly contributions and provides new critical insights with an original point of view. An Authors Series volume addresses readers ranging from advanced high school students to university professors. The book suggests to the informed reader new ways of considering a writer's work.Each volume features: -- A critical, interpretive study and explication of the author's works-- A brief biography of the author-- An accessible chronology outlining the life, the work, and relevant historical context-- Aids for further study: complete notes and references, a selected annotated bibliography and an index-- A readable style presented in a manageable lengthAmerican novelist, dramatist and short-story writer known for,her witty, sharp dialogue. This study builds on new critical groundwork and is the first in-depth study of Powell's literary career.

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