23 May 2009

Powell and Simon Russell Beale

There’s an interesting piece by Valerie Grove in today’s Times on AP Soc President Simon Russell Beale and his love of books. It includes:

He hadn’t read Anthony Powell before he played the awful Widmerpool, but so definitive was his performance that he was asked to speak at Powell’s memorial service. He read from A Dance to the Music of Time about “new news every day ... of war, plagues, fires, inundations, thefts, murders, massacres” and so pleased the Powellites that he was invited to be president of the Anthony Powell Society.
The full article can be found here.


Marty said...

Cheating, don't you think, to use the last page of the twelve volumes as the source of a quote? There are so many memorable quotables. I agree that is a good one, but makes it clear, not a reader of the texts.

kcm said...

@Marty ... I think you have misunderstood. The passage which SRB read at Powell's memorial service is unlikely to have been his choice; much more likely to have been chosen by the Powell family. Even if it were SRB's choice it is not cheating! SRB clearly has read Dance and taken it on board for the great literature it is -- after all the man does have a first in English from Cambridge!