Spring 1967 • Vol. XXIX No. 2 FictionMarch 1, 1967 |

The Kingfisher

Theodore Francis Powys (1875-1953) was the second of three fiction-writing brothers of widely differing styles and varying ability. His older and probably more famous brother, John Cowper Powys, did attract a lot of attention in his lkter years, it is true, but T. F. was the one whose work aroused the greatest controversy. Bestowing on him a footnote in The Great Tradition, F. R. Leavis spoke of the "genuine nature of Mr. Powys's creative gift"—an opinion Leavis backed up elsewhere by referring to Mr. Weston's Good Wine as "one of the great things in English literature" and Fables, a collection of stories, as "a classic." Not unexpectedly, perhaps, George Sampson echoed these praises in his Concise Cambridge History of English Literature, and even elaborated on them. Powys at his best could, he argued, be "seriously compared with Emily Bronte as well as with … Thomas Hardy." More, according to Sampson the novels were "as svmbolic as Joyce's Ulysses" and, just to tie things up, t

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