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No doubt it was naughty of Thomas thus to satirize Powys, the more so since
Under Milk Wood is not without its debts to him. Yet the implied criticism seems to
me just: Powys's stories are sophisticatedly contrived bucolic moralities.
At times, Powys's style becomes intolerably arch and coy, especially where sex is
concerned. Powys's world is as artificial, as abstracted from common reality, as
Firbank's; it seems to me much less entertaining. One exception must be made: ...
J. C. Powys's imaginative power can scarcely be questioned; and as an example
of his genius working at length one might choose the scene in A Glastonbury
Romance in which Philip Crow seduces Persephone Spear in the caves of
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As with the predecessor, 'Tradition and Dream' is just a great piece of literary history. But it's better than the earlier history (which dealt with English fiction until about 1914) for a few reasons ... Read full review
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