Winter 1960 • Vol. XXII No. 1 Nonfiction |

A Dance to the Music of Time: The Novels of Anthony Powell

… as if they had all heard that enchanted horn of Astolpho, that English Duke in Ariosto, which never sounded but all his auditors were mad, & for fear ready to make away with themselves; or landed in the mad haven in the Euxine sea of Daphne Insana, which had a secret quality to dementate; they are a company of giddy-heads, afternoon men, it is Midsummer moon still, & the Dog-days last all the year long, they are all mad. —Robert Burton, The Anatomy of Melancholy, "Democritus Junior to the Reader." Anthony Powell has been publishing novels for nearly thirty years now. But, though critics have admired him and The Times Literary Supplement devoted an essay of official recognition to his work when he published the first volume of The Music of Time, they have not seemed to know quite how to place him, and he has never had, even in England, the wide reputation that literary-political parties give their candidates. This is so because Powell belongs to no easily defin

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Literary critic, Arthur Mizener (1907-1988) was Mellon Foundation Professor of English at Cornell University from 1951 to 1975. In addition to other works, he authored the first biography of F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Far Side of Paradise (1951) along with a biography of Ford Madox Ford, The Saddest Story: A Biography of Ford Madox Ford (1971).

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