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  • Published: 1 August 2011
  • ISBN: 9781409039549
  • Imprint: Cornerstone Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 336
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Temporary Kings




The eleventh novel in Anthony Powell's brilliant twelve-novel sequence, A Dance to the Music of Time

A Dance to the Music of Time chronicles the lives of over three hundred characters, and is a unique evocation of life in twentieth-century England. It is unrivalled for its scope, its humour and the enormous pleasure it has given to generations. TEMPORARY KINGS follows Nicholas Jenkins, Kenneth Widmerpool and others, as they negotiate the intellectual, cultural and social hurdles which stand between them and the 'Acceptance World'.

  • Pub date: 1 August 2011
  • ISBN: 9781409039549
  • Imprint: Cornerstone Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 336

About the Author

Anthony Powell

Anthony Powell was born in 1905. After working in publishing and as a scriptwriter, he began to write for the Daily Telegraph in the mid-1930s. He served in the army during World War II and subsequently became the fiction reviewer on the TLS. Next came five years as literary editor of Punch. He was appointed a Companion of Honour in 1988. In addition to the twelve-novel sequence, A Dance to the Music of Time, Anthony Powell was the author of seven other novels, and four volumes of memoirs, To Keep the Ball Rolling. He died in March 2000.

Discover the extraordinary life of Anthony Powell – captured by acclaimed biographer Hilary Spurling in Anthony Powell: Dancing to the Music of Time – available now in hardback and ebook from Hamish Hamilton.

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Praise for Temporary Kings

“'Intricate and enthralling - As always, the novel pivots on a concept of the profound comedy of all human posture. But the humour is indisputably darker, pervaded by a sense that soon careers will be concluded, aspirations wither away. Rich, complex, original showing consummate narrative skill'”

Times Literary Supplement

“'I think it is now becoming clear that A Dance to the Music of Time is going to become the greatest modern novel since Ulysses'”

Clive James

“'I would rather read Mr Powell than any English novelist now writing'”

Kingsley Amis

“'Mr Powell's imagination is inexhaustible'”

Spectator

“'I find Powell the sort of writer who exerts such a strong pull that turning anyone else's books, after his, calls for an effort of will - One of the most individual tones of voice in contemporary novel-writing and one of the most artful'”

Norman Shrapnel, Guardian


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