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Newsletter no. 11 – Books and Journals
by Lars Gustaf Andersson
The British Powys Society (www.powys-society.org) continues to
publish its Newsletter. No 64 (July
2008) contains, as usual, a lot of interesting stuff about
Jacqueline Peltier edits la lettre powysienne, now with
issue no 15 (Printemps 2008). As ususal the bilingual journal (French/English) gives the
reader a lot for the 5 € in annual subscription fee (please contact J.Peltier@laposte.net for information).
The latest issue is devoted to trees in thought and literature. As Peltier states in her editorial about the novels of Powys, ”trees are everywhere, often seen at a close distance,
as though they were right in front of the reader, their leaves described in
minute detail.” Among other things you will find a potpourri of quotes from Rodmoor to Porius
concerning the trees.
Harald Fawkner is a
leading Powys scholar, with several intriguing works, amongst which
maybe The Ecstatic World of
In well over 400 pages the biographic background of the work of Powys is outlined and scrutinised. Krissdóttir has had access to letters, diaries and other archival findings that together provide a rich profile of the artist. There is no doubt that the book is important and a breakthrough in Powys literature. Margaret Drabble reviewed the biography in Times Literary Supplement and found it ”a remarkable book”: ”Powys and the partner of his later years, Phyllis Playter, emerge from this chronicle as two powerful, fragile, brave and eccentric figures, characters, from a myth the wove for themselves”.(The review from November the 14th 2007 is avaliable at
Glen Cavaliero wrote an appreciating note in The Powys Society Newsletter 62 (November 2007), but in Newsletter 63 (March 2008) Michael Kowalewski attacked the analytical work of Krissdóttir, which he seemed to find rather destructive: ”… there is just a broken puppet at the end, without any interior”. Morine Krissdóttir defended her cause in Newsletter 64, and this is probably only the beginning of a long and interesting discussion. There is a lot of new material to take into consideration, and a lot of questions to debate.
John Cowper Powys admired modernist pioneer Dorothy Richardson, see for example his booklet, Dorothy Richardson from 1931, which was reprinted 1974 by Village Press. Now you can read more about this constellation; Janet Fouli has edited a volume with the letters between the two writers, Powys & Dorothy Richardson. This is the ninth volume in the edition of the Powysian letters, published by Cecil Woolf in London. The first volume consisted of the letters to Sven Erik Täckmark, Powys to Eric the Red, and was edited by Cedric Hentschel. (For information, write to Cecil Woolf Publishers, 1 Mornington Place, London NW1 7RP; there are also facts about the editions at the website of Jacqueline Peltier: http://www.powys-lannion.net. At the same time the tenth volume is published, Powys and Emma Goldman, edited by David Goodway. These are beautiful and important books, and we will have reason to return to them later on.
There seems to be
no end to book publishing. In addition you will
find several websites, devoted to Powys and his family. Thanks to the work of
This page updated 4 April 2012.