Llewelyn Powys

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Llewelyn Powys (13 August 1884 – 2 December 1939) was a British novelist and essayist and younger brother of John Cowper Powys and T. F. Powys.

Life[edit]

Powys was born in Dorchester, the son of the Reverend Charles Francis Powys (1843–1923), who was vicar of Montacute, Somerset for thirty-two years, and Mary Cowper Johnson, a descendent of the poet William Cowper. He came from a family of eleven children, many of whom were also talented. Two brothers John Cowper Powys and Theodore Francis Powys were also well-known writers, while his sister Philippa published a novel and some poetry. Another sister Marian Powys was an authority on lace and lace-making and published a book on this subject. His brother A. R. Powys was Secretary of the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings, and published a number of books on architectural subjects. He was educated at Sherborne School 1899-1903 and Corpus Christi College, Cambridge 1903-1906. While lecturing in the United States he contracted tuberculosis. After his return in 1909, he travelled again, living for a while in Switzerland. His time spent in Africa, farming with his brother William near Gilgil in British East Africa (now in Kenya) from 1914 to 1919.

In 1920 he went again to America to work as a journalist. While living in New York he met and married, in 1924, the novelist Alyse Gregory (1884-1967), editor of the journal The Dial. In 1925 the couple moved to Dorset: firstly to the Coastguard Cottages on White Nothe and then to nearby farmhouse Chydyok, where his two sisters, the poet and novelist, Philippa Powys, and the artist, Gertrude Powys, occupied the adjacent cottage. This was close to village of East Chaldon where his brother, the author Theodore Powys, lived from 1904 until 1940. Various other writers and artists lived in the village at different times, such as Sylvia Townsend Warner and David Garnett, the poets Valentine Ackland and Gamel Woolsey, and the sculptors Elizabeth Muntz and Stephen Tomlin.

Powys traveled with his wife, paying visits to Palestine (1928), West Indies (1930) and Switzerland (1937). He died in Clavadel, Switzerland from complications related to an ulcer.[1]

His writings include a novel, Apples Be Ripe (1930), and a biography of Henry Hudson (1927). He was very friendly with Hamilton Rivers Pollock, Barrister, owner from 1928, of Urchfont Manor.

Works[edit]

  • Confessions of Two Brothers (1916) with John Cowper Powys
  • Ebony and Ivory (1923) autobiography
  • Thirteen Worthies (1923) essays
  • Honey and Gall (1924) autobiography
  • Black Laughter (1925)
  • Cup-Bearers of Wine and Hellebore (1924)
  • Skin for Skin (1925) autobiography
  • The Verdict of Bridlegoose (1926)
  • Henry Hudson (1927)
  • Out of the Past (1928)
  • The Cradle of God (1929)
  • The Pathetic Fallacy (1930)
  • An Hour on Christianity (1930)
  • Apples Be Ripe (1930)
  • A Pagan's Pilgrimage (1931)
  • Impassioned Clay (1931)
  • The Life and Times of Anthony à Wood (1932)
  • Now That The Gods Are Dead (1932)
  • Glory of Life (1934)
  • Earth Memories (1935)
  • Damnable Opinions (1935)
  • Dorset Essays (1935)
  • The Twelve Months (1936)
  • Somerset Essays (1937)
  • Rats in the Sacristy (1937)
  • The Book of Days (1937)
  • Love and Death (1939)
  • A Baker's Dozen (1940)
  • Old English Yuletide (1940)
  • The Letters of Llewelen Powys (1943) edited by Louis Wilkinson
  • Swiss Essays (1947)
  • Advice to a Young Man (1949)
  • Llewelyn Powys: A Selection (1952) edited by Kenneth Hopkins

Further reading[edit]

  • Peter J. Foss (2007), A Bibliography of Llewelyn Powys

References[edit]

  1. ^ Malcolm Elwin (1953). The Life of Llewelyn Powys. Macdonald. Retrieved 18 July 2013. 
  • Richard Heron Ward (1936) The Powys Brothers
  • Malcolm Elwin (1946) The Life of Llewelyn Powys
  • L Wilkinson (1943) The Letters of Llewelyn Powys
  • The Powys Society's web page [1]
  • Richard Percival Graves, The Powys Brothers (Oxford: Oxford University Press,1984)

External links[edit]

  • Sundial Press [2]
  • The Powys Society [3]