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  • Published: 1 March 2005
  • ISBN: 9780099472384
  • Imprint: Arrow
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 272
  • RRP: $24.99

A Question of Upbringing




Anthony Powell's universally acclaimed epic creates a rich panorama of twentieth-century London.

'He is, as Proust was before him, the great literary chronicler of his culture in his time.' GUARDIAN'A Dance to the Music of Time'is universally acknowledged as one of the great works of English literature. Reissued now in this definitive edition, it stands ready to delight and entrance a new generation of readers.

In this first volume, Nick Jenkins is introduced to the ebbs and flows of life at boarding school in the 1920s, spent in the company of his friends: Peter Templer, Charles Stringham, and Kenneth Widmerpool.

Though their days are filled with visits from relatives and boyish pranks, usually at the expense of their housemaster Le Bas, a disastrous trip in Templer's car threatens their new friendship. As the school year comes to a close, the young men are faced with the prospects of adulthood, and with finding their place in the world.

  • Published: 1 March 2005
  • ISBN: 9780099472384
  • Imprint: Arrow
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 272
  • RRP: $24.99

About the author

Anthony Powell

Anthony Powell was an only child, born in 1905. As a young man he worked for a crumbling publishing business whilst trying to find time to write novels. He moved in a bohemian world of struggling writers and artists, which was to provide the raw material for much of his fiction. During the Second World War he served in Military Intelligence Liaison. He subsequently became a fiction reviewer for the Times Literary Supplement and for five years he was the literary editor of the now-defunct magazine Punch. Meanwhile he continued to work on the twelve-novel sequence ‘A Dance to the Music of Time’. He was the author of seven other novels, and four volumes of memoirs. His many reviews for the Daily Telegraph are also published in collected volumes. Anthony Powell died in March 2000.

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Praise for A Question of Upbringing

Comic, satisfying, thought-provoking, addictive

The Telegraph

He has wit, style, and panache, in a world where those qualities are in permanently short supply

The New York Review of Books

I would rather read Mr. Powell than any English novelist now writing

Kingsley Amis

A book which creates a world and explores it in depth, which ponders changing relationships and values, which creates brilliantly living and diverse characters and then watches them grow and change in their milieu ... Powell's world is as large and as complex as Proust's.

New York Times

Incalculably brilliant

TIME Magazine

[A] comic masterpiece

Irish Times

Reading “A Dance to the Music of Time” was such a joyous experience, I remember wishing there'd been more than twelve volumes.

Roddy Doyle

I re-read the "Dance" every five years or so and always find something new – the world has changed but the characters are evergreen. Everybody has a Widmerpool in their life.

Daisy Goodwin

He has wit, style, and panache, in a world where those qualities are in permanently short supply

The New York Review of Books

A book which creates a world and explores it in depth, which ponders changing relationships and values, which creates brilliantly living and diverse characters and then watches them grow and change in their milieu ... Powell's world is as large and as complex as Proust's.

New York Times

[A] comic masterpiece

Irish Times

Comic, satisfying, thought-provoking, addictive

The Telegraph

It's his supreme skill in mastering a lengthily interwoven chronicle, the evolution of such a range and variety of pin-point characters, the wit and the cultural ambition that give the novel a unique place in English Literature.

Melvyn Bragg

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