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An American panorama

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John Cowper Powys (1872-1963)

John Cowper Powys, a major English writer of our times, spent thirty years of his life in America as an itinerant lecturer, thus acquiring a personal view of North America at that time. Most of the time based in New York City, it was only after his novel Wolf Solent (1929) had met with success that he decided to devote himself to writing, in his little house in Upstate New York. Five years of solitude which were to give birth to Glastonbury Romance,Weymouth Sands and his famous Autobiography. The aim of this work is to show the profound influence this prolonged stay in America exerted on his mode of thinking, on his choices, on his works.

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