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Description - The Locusts Have No King by Dawn Powell

In this clasic satire by the writer Gore Vidal once called 'our best comic novelist,' Dawn Powell takes on the New York publishing world and disects it 'with the patience of a pathologist removing organs for inspection.' ' one of Powell's finest novels and better than anything currently on the bestseller lists.' - Library Journal

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781883642426
ISBN-10: 1883642426
Format: Paperback
(198mm x 129mm x 10mm)
Pages: 303
Imprint: Steerforth Press
Publisher: Steerforth Press
Publish Date: 10-Jan-2000
Country of Publication: United States

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Book Reviews - The Locusts Have No King by Dawn Powell

US Kirkus Review » Once again a conversation piece which, in taunting terms and with waspish malice, presents New York's literary and night life of the name and fame conscious, their representatives who may make their mark in print but never scratch a genuine emotion. Among them are Frederick Olliver, an obscure writer who liked his solitude but sold out to a name magazine and the social functions of Lyle, whom he loves; Lyle, who stayed married to invalided Allan because he was important to her success; Beckley, the money patron of the intelligentsia; Murray, Frederick's apartment mate who turned the apartment into a hornet's nest of women; and Dodo, a pouting ingenue of twenty-two who likes Frederick as a passe-partout to this world better than in bed. Frederick's over-abuse at the hands of Lyle turns him to Dodo who completes his downfall when she leaves him, while Lyle gets her comeuppance as her husband walks out with another woman, leaving Lyle and Frederick to pick up the pieces together... Those who like Dawn Powell will find her in full voice, sharp, bitter, worldly as it may be. (Kirkus Reviews)

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Author Biography - Dawn Powell

When Dawn Powell died in 1965, virtually all her books were out of print. Not a single historical survey of American literature mentioned her, even in passing. And so she slept, seemingly destined to be forgotten or, to put it more exactly, never to be remembered. How things have changed! Numerous novels by Dawn Powell are currently available, along with her diaries and short stories. She has joined the Library of America, admitted to the illustrious company of Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry Adams, Frederick Douglass, and Edith Wharton. She is taught in college and read with delight on vacation. For the contemporary poet and novelist Lisa Zeidner, writing in"The New York Times Book Review," Powell is wittier than Dorothy Parker, dissects the rich better than F. Scott Fitzgerald, is more plaintive than Willa Cather in her evocation of the heartland, and has a more supple control of satirical voice than Evelyn Waugh. For his part, Gore Vidal offered a simple reason for Powell s sudden popularity in the early Twentieth Century: We are catching up to her. Dawn Powell was born in Mt. Gilead, Ohio, on November 28, 1896, the second of three daughters. Her father was a traveling salesman, and her mother died a few days after Dawn turned seven. After enduring great cruelty at the hands of her stepmother, Dawn ran away at the age of thirteen and eventually arrived at the home of her maternal aunt, who served hot meals to travelers emerging from the train station across the street. Dawn worked her way through college and made it to New York. There she married a young advertising executive and had one child, a boy who suffered from autism, then an unknown condition. Powell referred to herself as a permanent visitor in her adopted Manhattan and brought to her writing a perspective gained from her upbringing in Middle America. She knew many of the great writers of her time, and Diana Trilling famously said it was Dawn who really says the funny things for which Dorothy Parker gets credit. Ernest Hemingway called her his favorite living writer. She was one of America s great novelists, and yet when she died in 1965 she was buried in an unmarked grave in New York s Potter s Field."

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