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  A Time to Be Born Set against a marvelously atmospheric backdrop of the city in the months just before America's entry into World War II, Powell here offers a scathing and hilarious study of cynical New Yorkers stalking each other for selfish ends. At the center of the story are a wealthy, self-involved newspaper... Read more

  The Wicked Pavilion The "wicked pavilion" is the Cafe Julien, where everybody who is anybody goes to recover from failed love affairs and to pursue new ones, to cadge money, to hatch plots, and and to puncture one another's reputations. Gore Vidal is one of many who considers The Wicked Pavilion to be Powell's best... Read more

  My Home Is Far Away Dawn Powell was in the midst of writing one of her finest satires, A Time to Be Born, when she contracted a fever that brought childhood memories back so vividly that she stopped her novel and began scrawling reminiscences that were later collected in My Home Is Far Away. Although not true... Read more

  Selected Letters of Dawn Powell : 1913-1965 The great prose comedian Flann O'Brien called humor "the handmaid of sorrow and fear." Perhaps O'Brien, who had more than the customary quotient of misery in his own existence, was exaggerating--but his insight is certainly borne out by the art and life of Dawn Powell. Seldom has a writer's... Read more

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