By (author) John Cowper Powys
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Inmates by John Cowper Powys
Book Description'What I've tried to do in this tale is to invent a group of really mad people who have the fantastic and grotesquely humorous extravagance that, after all, is an element in life'. So wrote John Cowper Powys himself in his prefatory note to this novel first published in 1952. In this 'wild book' Powys creates a 'Philosophy of the Demented' expressing fundamental truths about madness and sanity. Most of the novel, though, like so much of his later fiction, it is more a fantasy, takes place in Glint Hall, a lunatic asylum. The two main characters are John Hush and Tenna Sheer. They fall in love. The rapidly developing, psychologically complex narrative centres on 'Hush's organization of a conspiracy of revolt amongst the most fantastically crazy of the inmates'. It makes for a strange, disturbing, and yet, at times, funny read.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780571242153
(216mm x 135mm x 23mm)
Imprint: Faber & Faber
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Publish Date: 18-Sep-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author John Cowper Powys
Art of Happiness, Paperback (May 2011)
Explores the problem of how man lives with his fellow man, and also with woman. As opposed to the abstract arguments concerning Man in the universe, this title deals with the practical arguments such as arise between man and his neighbour, his wife, his lover - and also with man's arguments against himself, in the pursuit of happiness.
In Defence of Sensuality, Paperback (January 2011)
How far has the individual the right to be what is called 'selfish'? How far has he the right to concentrate on his own solitary awareness of existence and make this alone his life-purpose? And is there such a thing at all as a Religion of Nature or a Cosmic Ethic? The author attempts to answer such questions.
Meaning of Culture, Paperback (October 2010)
Divided in two parts, this book includes: Analysis of Culture which deals with, in separate chapters, Philosophy, Literature, Poetry, Painting and Religion, and Application of Culture which covers Happiness, Love, Nature, The Art of Reading, Human Relations, Destiny, and Obstacles to Culture.
Autobiography, Paperback (July 2010)» View all books by John Cowper Powys
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Author Biography - John Cowper Powys
John Cowper Powys (1872-1963) was born in Derbyshire, brought up in the West Country (the Somerset/Dorset border area was to have a lasting influence on him), went to Cambridge University and then became a teacher and lecturer mainly in the USA where he lived for about thirty years. On returning to the UK, after a short spell in Dorset, he settled in Wales in 1935 where he lived for the rest of his long life. Those are the bare bones of his life. In some senses they seem unimportant when set alongside his extraordinary writing career. Not only was output prodigious, it was like nothing else in English Literature. Indeed, George Steiner has made the bold claim that his works are 'the only novels produced by an English writer that can fairly be compared to the fictions of Tolstoy and Dostoevsky'. And even that doesn't touch on their multifarious strangeness. John Cowper Powys wrote compulsively: letters, diaries, short stories, fantasies, poetry, literary criticism, philosophy and, above all, novels poured out of him. He also wrote a remarkable autobiography. In addition to his Autobiography his masterpieces are considered to be Wolf Solent, Glastonbury Romance, Weymouth Sands and Porius. But his lesser, or less well-known, works shouldn't be overlooked, they spring from the same weird, mystical, brilliant and obsessive imagination. John Cowper Powys is a challenging author with an impressive list of admirers. In addition to George Steiner, these have included Robertson Davies, Margaret Drabble, Theodore Dreiser, Henry Miller, J. B. Priestley and Angus Wilson.
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