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Dawn Powell: Criticism and Reviews

The Atlantic, "The Country and the City," an article about Dawn Powell's novels, by Philip Hensher.

"Powell-ful." Insight on the News, Oct 1, 2001, by Rex Roberts.

Criticism of the book Dawn Powell at Her Best, edited by Tim Page, an article by Margo Jefferson. The New York Times, October 19, 1994.

"How Dawn Powell Can Save Your Life" by Gerald Howard, September 28, 1999, in Salon.com.

Article about the book Dawn Powell: A Biography by Sylvia Brownrigg in Salon.com.

Article about the book Dawn Powell: A Biography by Stacy Bush in the Austin Chronicle.

Additional criticism and review of Dawn Powell's works can be found at your local public library.

The following reviews can be accessed online only by an individual who has a current library card through this address.

"Novels 1930-1942."
Review by Denise S. Sticha.
Library Journal, September 15, 2001 v126 i15 p80.

"Powell was a noteworthy novelist of mid-20th-century America whose satirical observations and keen sense of the complexities of social relationships unfolded into a perceptive chronicle of the two milieus she knew so well -- the melancholy frustrations of small-town life in Ohio and the brutal sophistication of uptown Manhattan…"

My Home is Far Away.
Publishers Weekly, October 16, 1995, v242 n42 p55(1).

A Time to Be Born.
Publishers Weekly, August 30, 1991, v238 n39 p76(2).

Four Plays.
Review by Joyce Sparrow.
Library Journal, November 15, 1999, v124 i19 p69.

"Powell (1896-1965) was recognized for writing novels, diaries, and letters about her life as a small-town girl who came to the big city to achieve fame and wealth. But Powell also wrote ten plays, four of which are collected here…"

The Selected Letters of Dawn Powell: 1913-1965.
Publishers Weekly, September 6, 1999, v246 i36 p88.

"A posthumous triumph, these letters are in many ways the perfect record of a difficult life lived with pluck, intelligence and verve. Powell (1896-1965) spent much of her youth shipped from…"

Dawn Powell, A Biography.
Review by Alice Tufel.
Biblio, March 1999, v4 i3 p59(1).

"Underrated in her lifetime and all but forgotten after her death in 1965, Powell published fifteen sparkling novels and over one hundred short stories that dissect, with an unflinching eye and razor-sharp wit, both small-town and especially big-city life…."

"Dawn Powell: the Fruits of Revival."
Review by Lauren Weiner.
New Criterion, June 1999, v17 i10 p23.

"Dawn Powell (1896-1965) wrote novels about the artist's struggle for recognition. Her own struggle for it and the recent recovery of her work make a poignant story. I have heretofore been reluctant to accept the idea that a full-fledged Powell revival is in progress. By now, though, the evidence has piled up. Her books have continued to be reissued throughout this decade, and her name now pops up in literary reviews when the subject is undeservedly forgotten writers making a comeback…"

My Home is Far Away.
The Women's Review of Books, January 1996, v13 n4 p6(1).

…"Now we have the autobiographical My Home is Far Away, the last of the Ohio novels -- in which the young protagonist does begin her journey out -- and Powell's journals. All are from Steerforth Press and all have been edited or introduced by Tim Page, who is also at work on her biography. Powell certainly could not have wished for a more appreciative chronicler; and while I might have done with a bit less adulation, I am not sorry to see her treated with affection and admiration: as these two books make clear, hers was not an easy life…"

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