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New York’s Greenwich Village was to become the backdrop for Dawn Powell’s “New York cycle” of books which feature her biting wit mixed with an unflinching, and some times comical look at urban life. From the 1930’s until the 1960’s Powell continued to document New York literary scene as she saw it. The novels in her “cycle” include: Turn Magic Wheel, The Locusts Have No King, The Wicked Pavilion, A Cage for Lovers, and The Golden Spur. The Golden Spur was nominated for the National Book Award, but it failed to win. On March 8, 1963, Dawn wrote in her diary:

“Was told yesterday I had not won the National Book Award. I felt some relief as I have no equipment for prize-winning—no small talk, no time for idle graciousness and required public show, no clothes either or desire for front. I realize I have no yen for any experience (even a triumph) that blocks observation, when I am the observed instead of the observer. Time is too short to miss so many sights.”

Some critics believe that her distaste for pretension associated with self-promotion contributed to Dawn Powell’s lack of commercial success during her lifetime. She avoided the spotlight, preferring to let her work do the speaking for her.

Description: Hard bound with dust jacket. Some wear to edges of boards . Rubbing to dust jacket. Interior clean and binding tight.

Bookseller Inventory # 15769

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A Cage for Lovers
Powell, Dawn

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
Publication Date: 1957
Binding: Hard Cover
Book Condition: Very Good
Dust Jacket Condition: Good
Edition: First Edition

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