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A Dance to the Music of Time: Second Movement Paperback - 1995

by Anthony Powell


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A Dance to the Music of Time is a twelve-volume series of novels by Anthony Powell. One of the longest works of fiction in literature, the work is often published as four volumes of three novels each. The title, A Dance to the Music of Time, was inspired by Nicolas Poussin’s painting of the same name, which depicts the four seasons as nymphs dancing in a circle while a winged Father Time plays the harp.

The epic work is narrated through the memories of Nick Jenkins, an “everyman” recalling the people he met over the previous half-century. Yet A Dance to the Music of Time is less about Jenkins and more about the metropolitan circles he inhabits. Beginning with the end of World War I and ending with the turbulence of the 1960s, the novels highlight encounters between friends and lovers who drift apart but continue to reencounter each other over time. Apart from a trip to France, some time in Ireland, and an interval in Venice, the series mainly takes place in England and is often read as a reflection of the country’s social history.

In its entirety, A Dance to the Music of Time is composed of the following novels: A Question of Upbringing (1951), A Buyer's Market (1952), The Acceptance World (1955), At Lady Molly's (1957), Casanova's Chinese Restaurant (1960), The Kindly Ones (1962), The Valley of Bones (1964), The Soldier's Art (1966), The Military Philosophers (1968), Books Do Furnish a Room (1971), Temporary Kings (1973), and Hearing Secret Harmonies (1975).

The books were a great success in both Britain and America upon their publication. The series is ranked 43rd on Modern Library’s “100 Best” English-language novels of the 20th century. It is also listed on TIME’s “100 Best Novels” (since 1923) and the Telegraph’s list of the 20 best British and Irish novels of all time.

From the rear cover

In the background of this second volume of A Dance to the Music of Time, the rumble of distant events in Germany and Spain presages the storm of World War II. In England, even as the whirl of marriages and adulteries, fashions and frivolities, personal triumphs and failures gathers speed, men and women find themselves on the brink of fateful choices.

First Edition Identification

William Heinemann is the original publisher of the A Dance to the Music of Time novels. Published from 1951 through 1975, all twelve first editions in the set are uniformly bound in dark red cloth with spines lettered in gilt in black title blocks.

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  • Title A Dance to the Music of Time: Second Movement
  • Author Anthony Powell
  • Binding Paperback
  • Edition Complete Numbers
  • Pages 746
  • Volumes 1
  • Language ENG
  • Publisher University of Chicago Press, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A.
  • Date 1995-06-15
  • ISBN 9780226677163 / 0226677168
  • Weight 1.7 lbs (0.77 kg)
  • Dimensions 7.9 x 5.2 x 1.6 in (20.07 x 13.21 x 4.06 cm)
  • Library of Congress subjects England - Social life and customs - 20th, Autobiographies
  • Library of Congress Catalog Number 94047228
  • Dewey Decimal Code FIC

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  • Library Journal, 08/01/1995, Page 0

About the author

Anthony Powell's work includes Miscellaneous Verdicts and Under Review, both available from the University of Chicago Press.
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