A Dance to the Music of Time

Comprising: A Question of Upbringing; A Buyer's Market; The Acceptance World; At Lady Molly's; Casanova's Chinese Restaurant; The Kindly Ones; The Valley of Bones; The Soldier's Art; The Military Philosophers; Books do Furnish a Room; Temporary Kings; He

POWELL, Anthony

The image of Time brought thoughts of mortality: of human beings, facing outward like the Seasons, moving hand in hand in intricate measure

POWELL, Anthony A Dance to the Music of Time Comprising: A Question of Upbringing; A Buyer's Market; The Acceptance World; At Lady Molly's; Casanova's Chinese Restaurant; The Kindly Ones; The Valley of Bones; The Soldier's Art; The Military Philosophers; Books do Furnish a Room; Temporary Kings; He

Heinemann, 1951.

Twelve volumes, all first editions. Original publisher's cloth in dustwrappers designed by Broom-Lynne. A fine set in very good to fine dustwrappers. "A Buyer's Market" issued with a shorter front flap and publisher price-clipped. Three other dustwrappers price-clipped. A little wear to the extremities of the early volumes, but a generally attractive set.

The author's famous cycle of novels written over a twenty-two year period and upon which much of his reputation as a writer now rests. Inspiration for the series title and possibly for the work itself came from the Poussin painting of the same name (now in the Wallace collection). Powell refers to it in the opening scene of A Question of Upbringing,
"These classical projections, and something from the fire, suddenly suggested Poussin's scene in which the Seasons, hand in hand and facing outward, tread in rhythm to the notes of the lyre that the winged and naked greybeard plays. The image of Time brought thoughts of mortality: of human beings, facing outward like the Seasons, moving hand in hand in intricate measure, stepping slowly, methodically sometimes a trifle awkwardly, in evolutions that take recognisable shape: or breaking into seemingly meaningless gyrations, while partners disappear only to reappear again, once more giving pattern to the spectacle: unable to control the melody, unable, perhaps, to control the steps of the dance."

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