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Autobiography by John Cowper Powys

PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC Autobiography I have tried to write my life as if I were confessing to a priest a philosopher and a wise old woman I have tried to write as if I were going to be executed when it was finished I have tried to write it as if I were both God and Devil One is tempted to say only John Cowper Powys could have written that and beyond doubt only John Cowper Powys could have written the idiosyncratic and spellbinding work we have here Yes he was influenced by Yeats and Rousseau especially the latter s Confessions but there is no other work quite like this It seems almost too pedestrian to say it covers the first sixty years of his life he lived for another thirty years and to say anything about them as J B Priestley memorably put it would be like turning on a tap before introducing people to Niagara Falls J B Priestley also said It is a book which can be read with pleasure and profit over and over again It is in fact one of the greatest autobiographies in the English language Even if Powys had never written any novels this one book alone would have proved him to be a writer of genius

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Porius stood upon the low square tower above the Southern Gate of Mynydd y Gaer and looked down on the wide stretching valley below So begins one of the most unique novels of twentieth century literature by one of its most extraordinary neglected geniuses said Robertson Davies of John Cowper Powys Powys thought Porius his masterpiece but because of the paper shortage after World War II and the novel s lengthiness he could not find a publisher for it Only after he cut one third from it was it accepted This new edition not only brings Porius back into print but makes the original book at last available to readers Set in the geographic confines of Powys s own homeland of Northern Wales Porius takes place in the course of a mere eight October days in A D when King Arthur a key character in the novel along with Myrddin Wyllt or Merlin was attempting to persuade the people of Britian to repel the barbaric Saxon invaders Porius the only child of Prince Einion of Edeyrnion is the main character who is sent on a journey that is both historical melodrama and satirical allegory A complex novel Porius is a mixture of mystery and philosophy on a huge narrative scale as if Nabokov or Pynchon tried to compress Dostoevsky into a Ulyssean mold Writing in The New Yorker George Steiner has said of the abridged Porius that it combines a Shakespearean epic sweep of historicity with a Jamesian finesse of psychological detail and acuity Faulkner s Absalom Absalom which I believe to be the American masterpiece after Melville is a smaller thing by comparison This new and first complete edition of the novel substantiates both Steiner s judgement and Powys s claim for Porius as his masterpiece, No description available, Mr Powys is to be congratulated on having written a book of the kind that most needs writing and most deserves to be read Here in a dozen chapters of eloquent and glowing prose Mr Powys describes for every reader that citadel which is himself and explains to him how it maybe strengthened and upheld and on what terms it is most worth upholding The virtue of his book is that it is freshly and clearly focussed to meet the present situation to encourage and establish developing experience in growing minds Manchester Guardian, First published in here is John Cowper Powys s masterwork an epic novel of terrific cumulative force and lyrical intensity In it he interweaves the ancient with the modern as he probes the mystical and spiritual ethos of the small English village of Glastonbury and the effect upon its inhabitants of a mystical tradition from the most remote past of human history the legend of the Grail to create a book of astonishing scope and beauty Panoramic in design charged with scenes of great vividness and informed by Powys s own towering genius i A Glastonbury Romance i is still astounding readers