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Dawn Powell
Rice, Marcelle Smith.
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New York : Twayne Publishers, [2000]

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xxiii, 182 pages ; 23 cm.
"Permanent visitor": Dawn Powell's life -- "After a night with the dead": the Ohio novels -- "Half of me by day": the New York novels -- "At the crossroads": the autobiographical novel(s) -- Out of place: the novels set outside New York and Ohio -- The journey: first and final novels.
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American novelist, dramatist and short story writer known for her witty, sharp dialogue. This study builds on new critical groundwork and is the first in-depth study of Powell's literary career.

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She had, as she herself admitted, "the name of an unsuccessful stripper." Yet Dawn Powell was one of the funniest and most astute writers of the Jazz Age and the years after, a social satirist who produced an impressive number of novels and plays and who attracted the admiration and critical praise of writers as different as Hemingway and Vidal. Known for her mordant wit, Powell was in her lifetime compared to her contemporary Dorothy Parker; as Rice points out, Parker's larger fame may have eclipsed Powell's reputation. In recent years, a Powell renaissance has occurred, thanks in part to the appearance of The Diaries of Dawn Powell, 1931-1965 (CH, Mar'96) and Selected Letters of Dawn Powell, 1913-1965 (CH, Feb'00), both edited by Tim Page. Brief but comprehensive, this first in-depth study of Powell's entire literary career has a virtue few critical works can claim: there are chuckles, guffaws, and the occasional full-blown belly laugh on almost every page. Academe would be different (and certainly merrier) were all subjects so amusing and all critics so fortunate in their choice of subjects. For graduate and research collections and large undergraduate and general libraries. D. Kirby; Florida State University