Anthony Powell, the Proustian literary chronicler of his culture and time – a raffish mid-20th century British aristocratic milieu – has found his ideal biographer in Hilary Spurling. A family friend, her biography is imbued with wit, intelligence and ironic affection for her subject. Powell’s magnum opus is the twelve-volume A Dance to the Music of Time, a social comedy whose tone Hilary Spurling adapts to animate his life, relationships and work. She discusses the waxing and waning of his reputation with novelist Rachel Billington, Powell’s niece. Hilary Spurling is the acclaimed biographer of Matisse and numerous other lives.
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