The Diaries of Dawn Powell 1931-1965 Edited by Tim Page

$ 18.00

Editor Tim Page, "The Diaries of Dawn Powell 1931-1965,' Steerforth Press (Vermont), second printing of 1995.

The Diaries of Dawn Powell 1931-1965 is a 513 page softcover measuring 8 5/8" x 5 3/4".  There are some creases along the spine from use but the rest of the book is clean and unmarked. 

Book Summary

Dawn Powell was born in Mount Gilead, Ohio, the second daughter of Roy King Powell and Hattie Sherman Powell.  Although Powell usually gave her birthdate as November 28, 1897, there is some evidence that she may have been born on November 28, 1896.  She ran away from home at the age of twelve and was raised by her aunt, Orpha May Sherman Steinbrueck, in Shelby, Ohio.  She graduated from Lake Erie College with the class of 1918 and moved immediately to New York, where she lived and worked for the rest of her life.  She was married to the advertising executive, Joseph R. Gousha, and they had one son, Joseph R. Gousha, Jr.

Powell published fifteen novels--Whither (1925), She Walks in Beauty (1928), The Bride's House (1929), The Story of a Country Boy (1934), Turn, Magic Wheel (1936), The Happy Island (1938), Angels on Toast (1940), A Time to be Born (1942), My Home is Far Away (1944), The Locusts Have No King (1948), The Wicked Pavilion (1954), A Cage for Lovers (1957), and The Golden Spur (1962).  Her play "Jig-Saw" was published in 1936 and some of her numerous short stories were collected in Sunday, Monday, and Always (1952).

At the time of Powell's death in 1965, virtually all of her books were out of print.  An article on Powell by Gore Vidal in The New York Review of Books helped spark a revival of interest in her work and, since, 1989, eight of her novels have been reprinted.

ISBN:  1-883642-08-6