30 August 2009

Anthony Powell Annual Lecture 2009

Anthony Powell Annual Lecture 2009

Saturday 28 November 2009

Anthony Powell's Dance:
One Historian's Inspiration, Exasperation, Consolation


to be given by David Kynaston


Venue: The Wallace Collection
Hertford House, Manchester Square, London, W1

Time: 1830 hrs

Booking essential: Tickets £10 (which includes a glass of wine after the lecture) from The Wallace Collection on 020 7563 9551 or booking@wallacecollection.org.

David Kynaston is author of the widely acclaimed Austerity Britain, first part of Tales of a New Jerusalem, his multi-volume social history of post-war Britain. Volume 2, Family Britain, covering the period 1951-57, will be published in early November.

David has said he "envisaged the project as owing something to two types of artistic inspiration: the thickly textured panorama of a 19th century "loose, baggy monster" realist novel, with perhaps a dash of Frith's Derby Day painting; and the roman-fleuve of Anthony Powell's A Dance to the Music of Time novels".

In his lecture David offers a personal response to Powell's sequence and reflects on the value of historical fiction.

Austerity Britain won the Yorkshire Post award for best non-fiction book in 2008.

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