By H.W. Fawkner,Ian Hughes,Janina Nordius,Joe Boulter,Jeremy Mark Robinson
RETHINKING POWYS: serious ESSAYS ON JOHN COWPER POWYS
A new choice of essays on John Cowper Powys (1872-1963). H.W. Fawkner's essay "Venus" explores problems with analyzing, circulation, love and intercourse, the 'amorous self', and affectivity in A Glastonbury Romance. Ian Hughes appears to be like on the style of Powys's novels, and the way the philosophical romances have been inspired by way of Walter Pater's Marius the Epicurean. Janina Nordius discusses the an important Powys topic of (transcendental) solitude within the key novel of the Powys-self by myself, Wolf Solent. Joe Boulter's essay concentrates at the affinities among modernism and postmodernism, pragmatism and deconstruction, in a single of Powys's past due novels, The Inmates, through thinkers similar to William James, Michel Foucault, Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari.
By the time he began writing his so much well known works round 1929 - the 4 Wessex novels (Wolf Solent, A Glastonbury Romance, Weymouth Sands and Maiden Castle), the 2 Welsh epics (Owen Glendower and Porius), and the unsurpassed Autobiography - John Cowper Powys used to be in his past due fifties. by means of then, he had already been a thinker, a profitable lecturer (with packed-out lectures within the U.S.A.), a storyteller, a would-be magician and a poet.
Powys enjoyed writing, even if it used to be letters, essays, novels or philosophical commentaries. He lived regularly from his writing after 1930, after approximately 30 years of lecturing (mainly within the United States). He produced many books, which incorporated novels, philosophical essays, poetry, correspondence and literary feedback.
Some of the writers that Powys knew in my opinion incorporated Theodore Dreiser, Thomas Hardy, William Barnes, W.B. Yeats, Dorothy Richardson, Aleister Crowley and Bertrand Russell. In the United States, Powys was once pals with Dreiser, Edna Vincent Millay, Edgar Lee Masters, and Arthur Davison Ficke. He additionally met E.E. Cummings, Amy Lowell, Edmund Wilson, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Marianne Moore, Ford Maddox Ford and should Durant, and performers equivalent to Charlie Chaplin and Isadora Duncan.