The Powys Review

The Powys Review, No.1, 1977

The Powys Review, a periodical devoted to the work of the Powys family — in particular to the writers John Cowper Powys, T. F. Powys and Llewelyn Powys and their literary milieu — was published in thirty-two numbers between 1977 and 1997, all of them edited by Belinda Humfrey. Each printed volume contained a single number of the journal, except for the final three volumes which contained Numbers 27 & 28, 29 & 30, and 31 & 32 respectively.

This complete digital version of all thirty-two numbers of The Powys Review in PDF format renders the text as it appeared in the original printed copy, and is intended to make available to a new generation of readers a body of commentary and scholarship on this extraordinary family which would otherwise become increasingly inaccessible.

The Powys Review, No.5, 1979 Errors and permissions

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Index and Contents List

Note on ‘numbers’ and ‘volumes’:
The Powys Review Index calls each number a ‘volume’. This clashes with the volume designation introduced from Number 5, Volume II i, following which a new ‘volume’ started every four ‘numbers’. Each number is designated below with its respective date and ‘volume’ number as printed in the original [with amendments in square brackets], in case this information is needed to trace citations.


The Powys Review, Numbers 1 (1977) — 32 (1997)

PR 01 coverNumber 1, Spring 1977


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  • Editorial
  • George Steiner The Difficulties of Reading John Cowper Powys
  • Angus Wilson John Cowper Powys as a Novelist
  • G. Wilson Knight John Cowper Powys as Humorist
  • Papers Read to the Powys Society, 1968-1976
  • Checklist of Writings on J.C. Powys and his critics, 1972-1976

PR 02 coverNumber 2, Winter 1977


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  • Editorial
  • Richard Luckett T.F. Powys: Aspects of his Language
  • Michael Roulstone Llewelyn Powys
  • Ben Jones The Disfigurement of Gerda: Moral and Textual Problems in Wolf Solent
  • T. J. Diffey John Cowper Powys and Philosophy
  • Timothy Hyman The Religion of a Sceptic
  • Glen Cavaliero Phoenix and Serpent: D. H. Lawrence and John Cowper Powys
  • Stephen Allen The Real Mynydd-y-Gaer
  • Oliver Marlow Wilkinson John Cowper Powys in Love
  • John Cowper Powys in America to T.F. Powys: Letters 1923-1929
  • Reviews
    • Dante Thomas A Bibliography of the Writings of John Cowper Powys: 1872-1963. BELINDA HUMFREY
    • Glen Cavaliero The Rural Tradition in the English Novel 1900-1939. JEREMY HOOKER
  • Research Theses on John Cowper Powys, Recently Completed and in Progress
  • An Enquiry
  • Notes on Contributors

PR 03 coverNumber 3, Summer 1978


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  • Editorial
  • A Tribute to a Friend, Sylvia Townsend Warner: T.F. Powys’s Foreword to A Moral Ending, 1931
  • T.F. Powys Three Stories: Hast Thou Found Honey; Harlot Honey; The Scapegoat 
  • Peter Riley T.F. Powys at Mappowder: A consideration of his fiction in the light of the final twenty years of non-writing
  • John Toft John Cowper Powys’s Atlantis 
  • Kim Taplin No Man's Girl and Other Borrowings
  • Barbara Dennis Two Views of Matthew Arnold: A Note on John Cowper Powys's Place as a Literary Critic
  • Emyr Humphreys Arnold in Wonderland
  • John Cowper Powys’s Inscriptions to Elsa Vaudrey: Some Explanatory Notes by Belinda Humfrey (Plates 1 to 10)
  • J. C. Powys to T.F. Powys: Some Letters from Wales, 1935—1949, assembled by Alasdair Tilson (Plates 11 to 14)
  • John Cowper Powys, The Real and the Ideal, reprinted from Spain and the World, Supplement, May, 1938
  • Rosemary Manning Alyse Gregory: A Biographical Sketch based on her Published and Private Writings
  • Reviews
    • T.F. Powys Mr Tasker's Gods, William Hunter The Novels and Stories of T.F. Powys. RACHEL TRICKETT
    • Kenneth White The Life-Technique of John Cowper Powys. GLEN CAVALIERO
  • The Powys Family Tree composed by Clare Stephens
  • Odds and Ends
  • Notes on Contributors

PR 04 coverNumber 4, Winter/Spring 1978/1979


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  • Editorial (Plates A and B)
  • T.F. Powys No Wine: a story
  • Glen Cavaliero T.F. Powys in Dorset: a poem
  • Llewelyn Powys Conversations with Theodore, 1931 (Plate C)
  • Gerard Casey Three Christian Brothers
  • Timothy Hyman John Cowper Powys and Religion: Dostoievsky as the type of the Prophetic Artist
  • J. M. Turner Life Illusion and Stupid Being
  • Peter Easingwood John Cowper Powys and The Pleasures of Literature
  • Jeremy Hooker T.F. Powys: “The Bass Note”
  • Ian Hamilton T.F. Powys and the Bible
  • Patricia Vaughan Dawson The Brazen Head Sculptures and Etchings (Plates 1 to 8)
  • Sonia Tilson John Cowper Powys and Kenneth Hopkins
  • Ned Thomas Obstinate Cymric
  • Elmar Schenkel John Cowper Powys: The Literary Reception in Germany
  • Reviews
    • G. Wilson Knight The Saturnian Quest: John Cowper Powys — A Study of his Prose Works. ROLAND MATHIAS
  • Letters to the Editor
  • Notes on Contributors

PR 05 coverNumber 5, Summer 1979, Volume II i


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  • Editorial
  • Glen Cavaliero Sylvia Townsend Warner: an appreciation
  • Sylvia Townsend Warner Theodore Powys and Some Friends at East Chaldon, 1922--1927: A Narrative and Some Letters
  • Harry Coombes Mr. Tasker's Gods 
  • Martyn Branford The Starting Point: The Early Fiction of T.F. Powys and Kate Roberts
  • Michel Pouillard T.F. Powys and the Theatre
  • Carole Coates Gerda and Christie
  • Charles Lock “'‘Multiverse’ . . . language which makes language impossible”
  • G. Wilson Knight A Preface Composed for Ichiro Hara's Translation of Mortal Strife 
  • T.J. Diffey Poems for John Cowper Powys
  • Anthony Dyer William Powys: an appreciation
  • Reviews
    • Robert Gittings and Jo Manton The Second Mrs. Hardy.  F. B. PINION
    • Roland Mathias The Hollowed-Out Elder Stalk: John Cowper Powys as Poet. BERNARD JONES
    • Jeremy Hooker John Cowper Powys and David Jones: A Comparative Study. DAVID BLAMIRES
  • Letters to the Editor
  • Notes on Contributors

PR 06 coverNumber 6, Winter/Spring 1979/1980, Volume II ii


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  • Editorial
  • Peter Easingwood John Cowper Powys and America
  • Marguerite Tjader John Cowper Powys and Theodore Dreiser: A Friendship
  • Norman Bryson Universe and “Multiverse”: John Cowper Powys as a Critic of Dreiser's Fiction
  • John Cowper Powys Four Essays on Dreiser: Theodore Dreiser [The ‘Genius’] (1915), An American Tragedy (1926), Dreiser (1932), Introduction to Notes on Life (1946)
  • John Cowper Powys Elusive America (1927), Farewell to America (1935)
  • Ned Lukacher Notre-Homme-des-Fleurs: Wolf Solent’s Metaphoric Legends
  • Jack Clemo Mappowder Revisited
  • Peter John Foss Llewelyn Powys: Towards a Reconsideration
  • Letters to the Editor
  • Reviews
    • Jay Martin Always Merry and Bright / The Life of Henry Miller / An Unauthorised Biography.  ARNOLD GOLDMAN
    • Roland Mathias Snipe's Castle.   LESLIE NORRIS
    • Glen Cavaliero A Reading of E. M. Forster.   RICHARD PARKINSON
    • Gamel Woolsey Twenty Eight Sonnets; The Last Leaf Falls; Middle Earth. SALLY JONES
    • Kenneth Hopkins Llewelyn Powys, An Essay.   ELIZABETH HARVEY
    • Kim Taplin The English Path.   JEREMY HOOKER
  • Notes on Contributors

PR 07 coverNumber 7, Winter 1980, Volume II iii


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  • Editorial
  • Mary Casey A Tribute by Glen Cavaliero
  • Mary Casey Poems for her uncles and aunts
  • Cedric Hentschel The Improbable Belligerent: The Role of John Cowper Powys in Two World Wars
  • Ichiro Hara John Cowper Powys and Zen
  • Cicely Hill “Susukeshi Hina Mo”: John Cowper Powys and the Chuang-Tse Legacy
  • John Cowper Powys The Philosopher Kwang (1923)
  • Ian Hughes Allusion, Illusion, and Reality: Fact and Fiction in Wolf Solent
  • John Cowper Powys Wolf Solent: a letter to his brother Llewelyn
  • Sylvia Townsend Warner East Chaldon and T.F. Powys
  • Glen Cavaliero The Powys Family and Dorset
  • Marius Buning Mappowder Revisited: T.F. Powys's Reading in Retirement
  • Denys Val Baker The Powys Family: Some Memories of the Mid-Forties
  • Letters to the Editor
  • Reviews
    • Belinda Humfrey, ed. Recollections of the Powys Brothers. JEREMY HOOKER
    • Keith Sagar The Life of D. H. Lawrence: An Illustrated Biography. JOHN WORTHEN
    • Myron Matlaw, ed. American Popular Entertainment: Papers and Proceedings of the Conference on the History of American Popular Entertainment (Lincoln Center, 1977). PETER DAVISON
    • V. S. Pritchett The Myth Makers. T. J. WINNIFRITH
    • Robert Gittings The Older Hardy. T. R. M. CREIGHTON
    • Phyllis Rose Woman of Letters: A Life of Virginia Woolf. ALLEN McLAURIN
    • Charles Osborne W. H. Auden, The Life of a Poet. LAWRENCE NORMAND
    • Gerald Brenan Thoughts in a Dry Season: A Miscellany. JOHN BATCHELOR
    • John Ackerman Welsh Dylan. JOHN PRESS
  • Notes on Contributors

PR 08 coverNumber 8, 1980/1981, Volume II iv


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  • Editorial
  • John Cowper Powys’s After My Fashion:  a series of views. (Glen Cavaliero, Ben Jones, Cedric Hentschel, Kim Taplin, G. Wilson Knight, T. J. Diffey)
  • Emyr Humphreys A Perpetual Curate
  • John Hodgson On Reading Porius
  • Ben Jones John Cowper Powys's Literary Criticism: Continuity and Context
  • Denis Lane John Cowper Powys, Thomas Hardy and the Faces of Nature
  • Mary Barham Johnson The Powys Mother
  • J. E. Roberts Two Photographs of John Cowper Powys
  • Gamel Woolsey to Alyse Gregory: Some Letters 1930-1957, edited by Kenneth Hopkins
  • Reviews
    • M. Krissdóttir John Cowper Powys and the Magical Quest. BEN JONES
    • Sylvia Townsend Warner Twelve Poems. CLAlRE HARMAN
    • Brian Finney Christopher Isherwood, A Critical Biography. BERNARD BERGONZI
    • Frank Gloversmith, ed. Class, Culture and Social Change: A New View of the 1930s. PETER MILES
    • Brian Lee Theory and Personality: The Significance of T. S. Eliot’s Criticism. PATRICK PARRINDER
    • Tom Earley Rebel’s Progress. GILLIAN CLARKE
    • R.L. Caserio Plot, Story and the Novel: From Dickens and Poe to the Modern Period. PHILIP BENTLEY
  • Notes on Contributors

PR 09 coverNumber 9, 1981/1982, Volume III i.


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  • John Cowper Powys Glastonbury: “Author’s Review”, 1932
  • Penny Smith The “Cave of the man-eating Mothers”: its location in A Glastonbury Romance 
  • Ned Lukacher “Between Philology and Psychology”: Cronos, Dostoievsky and the Language of Myth in John Cowper Powys’s A Glastonbury Romance
  • John Hodgson Springtime Out of Winter: John Cowper Powys, A Glastonbury Romance  and Spengler
  • John Cowper Powys Sacco-Vanzetti and Epochs, The Moon over Megalopolis, 1929
  • John Thomas “The King Edgar Chapel Man”: Bond, Glastonbury, and the ‘Alternative’ Theory of Gothic Architecture
  • Peter Foss Llewelyn Powys: The Heart of Darkness
  • Two portrait sketches:
    • Llewelyn Powys, 1930, by Reginald Marsh, with information by Philip Larkin  
    • T.F. Powys, 1924, by Clifford Webb, with a reminiscence by Mrs. Clifford Webb (Ella Monkton) 
  • Theodora Scutt Theodore Powys, 1934-1953
  • Ronald Hall The Old Man With The Praise (1952)
  • Reviews
    • Andrew Motion The Poetry of Edward Thomas. R. GEORGE THOMAS
    • Donald Mitchell Britten and Auden in the Thirties: The Year 1936. NEIL TIERNEY
    • Walter Allen The Short Story in English. J.I.M. STEWART
    • Michael Rosenthal Virginia Woolf. ALLEN SAMUELS
    • Jeremy Hawthorn Joseph Conrad: Language and Fictional Self-Consciousness. ALAN SANDISON
    • Kenneth F. Day Eden Phillpotts on Dartmoor. GLEN CAVALIERO
    • J. R. Lloyd Thomas Moth or Phoenix. JOHN RYDER
  • Notes on Contributors

PR 10 coverNumber 10, 1981/1982 (Spring 1982), Volume III ii


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  • Editorial
  • J. Lawrence Mitchell Ray Garnett as Illustrator
  • John Williams Theodore Powys: “all good books tell the same tale”
  • Theodora Scutt Theodore Powys, 1934- 1953: a continuation
  • Stephen Powys Marks A. R. Powys: a sketch of his life and work
  • John Thomas The Shock of the New: A. R. Powys and Building Repair
  • Oliver Holt Littleton Powys
  • Littleton Powys Llandovery 50 years ago (1955)
  • John Baker John Cowper Powys in Corwen
  • J. C. Powys and James Hanley in Corwen, c. 1935  (photographs)
  • Reviews
    • John Rhys Celtic Folklore Welsh and Manx. D. SIMON EVANS
    • William Blissett The Long Conversation: A Memoir of David Jones. DAVID BLAMIRES
    • Gunther Stuhlmann Henry Miller: Letters to Anais Nin. PARIS LEARY
    • Adelaide Ross Reverie. PETER EASINGWOOD
    • Patrick Grant Six Modern Authors and Problems of Belief. LIONEL ADEY
    • Victoria Glendinning Edith Sitwell: A Unicorn Among Lions. ALAN MUNTON
    • M. A. Screech Rabelais. TREVOR PEACH
    • Rex Hunter The Saga of Sinclair. JOHN S. MACALISTER
    • Paul Fussell Abroad: British Literary Travelling Between the Wars. PETER MILES
  • Notes on Contributors

PR 11 coverNumber 11, 1982/1983, Volume III iii


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  • Paris Leary Welsh Poem
  • Penny Smith “Seeking the Line of Escape”: Freedom and Freewill in John Cowper Powys’s Early Novels
  • John Cowper Powys “Remembrances”: Weymouth Sands (1933)
  • Margaret Moran The Vision and Revision of John Cowper Powys’s Weymouth Sands
  • Susan Huxtable Selly Mysticism, Trivia and Sensations: Observations on Weymouth Sands
  • Elizabeth Tombs Women in Weymouth Sands
  • John Cowper Powys James Joyce (1932)
  • Elmar Schenkel A Sense of Connectedness: Hugo Kükelhaus and John Cowper Powys
  • Bernard Jones Some Observations on Hardy’s Letters
  • Reviews
    • Jeremy Hooker Englishman’s Road.  ROY FISHER
    • Edna Longley A Language Not To Be Betrayed, Roland Gant Edward Thomas on the Countryside. KIM TAPLIN
    • Gamel Woolsey The Weight of Human Hours. JOHN S. MACALISTER
    • Kenneth Hopkins Collected Poems 1935-1965, Collected Poems 1966-1977. JEREMY HOOKER
    • Humphrey Carpenter W. H. Auden: A Biography, Edward Mendelson Early Auden. LAWRENCE NORMAND
    • John Batchelor The Edwardian Novelists. CHRISTOPHER ROLFE
    • Robert Green Ford Madox Ford: Prose and Politics. CEDRIC HENTSCHEL
    • Julian Symons Critical Observations. STUART LAING
  • Letters to the Editor
  • Notes on Contributors

PR 12 coverNumber 12, 1982/1983 (Spring 1983), Volume III iv


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  • Editorial
  • Michel Pouillard Woman and Women in T.F. Powys’s Novels
  • lan Hughes A Poor Ragged Maiden: The Textual History of Maiden Castle
  • T.J. Diffey John Cowper Powys and Thomas Hardy
  • Furse Swann Thomas Hardy and the “Appetite for Joy”
  • Charles Lock Confessions of Two Brothers
  • Peter Foss The Confessions of a Diarist
  • Gamel Woolsey A Selection of her Letters to Llewelyn Powys 1930-1939 edited by KENNETH HOPKINS
  • Alyse Gregory Some Letters to Mary Casey
  • Reviews
    • Mary Casey Full Circle; Christophoros. KIM TAPLIN
    • G.H. Neville, ed. Carl Baron A Memoir of D.H. Lawrence (The Betrayal); D.H. Lawrence, ed. Mara Kalnins Apocalypse and Other Writings on Revelation. GRAHAM HOLDERNESS
    • Rex Hunter And Tomorrow Comes. PETER FOSS
    • Sydney Bolt A Preface to James Joyce; Dominic Manganiello Joyce’s Politics. MARIUS BUNING
    • Helen Gardner In Defence of the Imagination.  ALLEN SAMUELS
    • Claire Harman, ed. The Collected Poems of Sylvia Townsend Warner. BERNARD JONES
    • Kathleen Raine, ed. Brian Keeble The Inner Journey of the Poet; Sandra Anstey, ed. Critical Writings on R. S. Thomas. SIMON BARKER
  • Publications Received:
    • Bernard Jones William Barnes; Thomas Hardy. G.CAVALIERO
    • Jeremy Hooker and Gweno Lewis, eds. Selected Poems of Alun Lewis. JOHN IDRIS JONES
  • Reports and Requests
  • Notes on Contributors

PR 13 coverNumber 13,1983/1984, Volume IV i


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  • Martin Steinmann Jr T.F. Powys and Tradition
  • Patrick Parrinder The Age of Fantasy
  • Elizabeth Barrett “The Borderland of the Miraculous”: Romance and Naturalism in John Cowper Powys’s A Glastonbury Romance 
  • Tony Head Method in Madness: Sublimity and Bathos in the Major Novels of John Cowper Powys
  • Ben Jones Who Converted Gaffer Barge?
  • G. Wilson Knight John Cowper Powys’s “The Ridge”: an Interpretation
  • Tom Copeman Hart A Printer and a Powys
  • Charles Rogers Recollections of a Montacute Boot Boy
  • Letters to the Editor
  • Reviews
    • C. A. Coates John Cowper Powys in Search of a Landscape.  JEREMY HOOKER
    • Bertrand Russell & J. C. Powys; introd. M. Moran Is Modern Marriage a Failure?  CARL SPADONI
    • J. A. W. Bennett Poetry of the Passion: Studies in Twelve Centuries of English Verse. LIONEL ADEY
    • Ed. L. Huber & J. J. White Musil in Focus.  CEDRIC HENTSCHEL
    • Allon White The Uses of Obscurity & The Fiction of Early Modernism. PETER CONRADI
    • Leonard Unger Eliot’s Compound Ghosts: Influence and Confluence. JOHN WORTHEN
    • Gillian E. Hanscombe The Art of Life: Dorothy Richardson and the Development of Feminist Consciousness.  ALLEN McLAURIN
    • Daniel Farson Henry: An Appreciation of Henry Williamson.  H. P. COLLINS
    • Richard Johnstone The Will to Believe: Novelists of the Nineteen-thirties. PETER MILES
    • T. R. Fyvel George Orwell: A Personal Memoir. PETER DAVISON
    • Frances Donaldson P. G. Wodehouse: The Authorized Biography. J. N. DAWSON
    • Thomas Merton; ed. Brother Patrick Hart The Literary Essays. THOMAS WOODMAN
  • Notes on Contributors

PR 14 coverNumber 14, 1984, Volume IV ii


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  • Llewelyn Powys The Necrophilias (with a Note by Peter J. Foss)
  • Glen Cavaliero The Novels of Phyllis Paul
  • Eigra Lewis Roberts Words that Burn
  • A. Thomas Southwick John Cowper Powys in America: The Letters to Marian
  • J.C. Powys to Marian on A.R. Powys’s death: a letter
  • L.A. Powys A Poem for his Father, John Cowper Powys, 8 October 1948
  • T.J. Diffey John Cowper Powys: Some Thoughts about his Imagination
  • Roy Fisher A Poem from Diversions, Second Series 
  • Some letters from J.C. Powys in Wales to Hal and Violet Trovillion, Illinois (1949-1961)
  • Wolfgang Kehr J.C. Powys in Conversation, Corwen, 1954
  • Rolf Italiaander An award to J. C. Powys, Blaenau Ffestiniog, 1957
  • A.J. Brothers J.C. Powys on Aristophanes’s Acharnians: an Introduction
  • John Cowper Powys The Acharnians  (c. 1948-1950)
  • Laurence Coupe The Comic Vision of T. F. Powys
  • Tributes to Derrick Stephens
  • Cedric Hentschel Review article: The Brothers Powys, Richard Perceval Graves
  • Reviews
    • Llewelyn Powys Dorset Essays: Earth Memories.  PAUL ROBERTS
    • Thomas Jackson Rice English Fiction, 1900-1950  Vol. II. MARGARET EATON
    • Michael Millgate Thomas Hardy: A Biography. JOAN GRUNDY
    • Graham Holderness D.H. Lawrence: History, Ideology and Fiction. JOHN WORTHEN
    • Edward Thomas Wales. ROLAND MATHIAS
    • Anthony Berridge, ed. The Letters of Edward Thomas to Jesse Berridge. R. GEORGE THOMAS
    • Harry Blamires Twentieth-Century Light Literature. ANDREW HASSAM
    • Ann Matsa American Literature in Context IV, 1900-1950. ALLEN SAMUELS
    • J. Hillis Miller Fiction and Repetition.  RICHARD MACHIN
    • Carol Jones Late in the Day. ISLWYN FFOWC ELIS
  • Notes on Contributors

PR 15 coverNumber 15, 1984/1985, Volume IV iii


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  • Editorial
  • John Cowper Powys Llewelyn Powys, Writer (from “Four Brothers”, 1925)
  • Ian Hughes A Virgin with No Name: The Beginnings of Maiden Castle
  • Susan Rands Maiden Castle: Symbol, Theme and Personality
  • Angela Blaen Maiden Castle  and the Celtic Calendar
  • John Cowper Powys The Magic of Detachment (1933) Egotism and Impersonality (1934)
  • R.G. Felton: To J.C. Powys
  • David Goodway The Politics of John Cowper Powys
  • Jack V. Barbera A Powys’s Bridal Night and Stevie Smith
  • Bryn Gunnell T.F Powys in his Time
  • Simon Barker “Embroiderers of Tales”, Review-article: Anglo-Welsh Poetry 1480-1980  Raymond Garlick & Roland Mathias, eds.
  • Reviews
    • Roland Mathias Burning Brambles: Selected Poems 1944-1979.  EDWIN MORGAN
    • J. Lawrence Mitchell T.F Powys.  MARIUS BUNING
    • C. Hentschel, ed. Powys to Eric the Red: The Letters . . . to Sven Erik Täckmark;  R. Blackmore, ed. Powys to Knight: The Letters . . . to G. R. Wilson Knight. MORINE KRISSDOTTIR
    • C. Hentschel, ed. Powys to Eric the Red: The Letters . . . to Sven Erik Täckmark. GÖRAN BÖRG (tr.) LAURIE THOMPSON
    • Anne Wilson Traditional Romance and Tale.  MALDWYN MILLS
    • John Pilling Autobiography and Imagination: Studies in Self-Scrutiny. ANDREW HASSAM
    • Frances Spalding Vanessa Bell.  JUDITH COLLINS
    • C. A. Hankin, ed. The Letters of John Middleton Murray to Katherine Mansfield. H.P. COLLINS
    • Glen Cavaliero Charles Williams, Poet of Theology.  MURRAY J. EVANS
    • Bernard Oldsey, ed. Dictionary of Literary Biography, Volume 15: British Novelists, 1930-1959.  PETER MILES
  • Letter to the Editor: Ichiro Hara: A Tribute
  • Notes on Contributors

PR 16 coverNumber 16, 1985, Volume IV iv


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  • Theo Dunnet J.C. Powys in the 1890s (with 14 photographs)
  • Glen Cavaliero John Cowper Powys: Space Traveller
  • N.L. Rothman “A Spiritual Tragedy”: an American review of Wolf Solent, 1929
  • Paul Roberts Becoming Mr Nobody: Personality and the Philosophy of John Cowper Powys
  • Morine Krissdottir G.R. Wilson Knight: “Master in Discernment”
  • John Cowper Powys D. H. Lawrence (1932)
  • Letters to the Editor
  • Reviews
    • G. Wilson Knight Klinton Top.  PETER FOSS
    • Ralph W. V. Elliott Thomas Hardy’s English.  BERNARD JONES
    • Donald Stanford, ed. John Masefield: Letters to Margaret Bridges. R. GEORGE THOMAS
    • John Holloway The Slumber of Apollo: Reflections on Recent Art.  J. R. WATSON
    • Lynette Hunter George Orwell: The Search for a Voice.  ALLEN SAMUELS
    • Jeremy Hawthorn, ed. Criticism and Critical Theory.  CATHERINE BELSEY
    • Richard Poole, ed. Fiction as Truth: Selected Literary Writings by Richard Hughes. PAUL BENNETT MORGAN
    • Jeremy Hooker Poetry of Place: Essays and Reviews 1970-1981.  PETER LEWIS
    • Emyr Humphreys The Taliesin Tradition.  CARY ARCHARD
  • Notes on Contributors

PR 17 coverNumber 17, 1985, Volume V i


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  • Roland Mathias John Cowper Powys and ‘Wales’. A Limited Study
  • Colin Style On Hardy’s Sacred Ground: John Cowper Powys’s Weymouth Sands
  • Peter G. Christensen Middlemarch: A Point of Reference in Weymouth Sands
  • Margaret Moran Premonitory Hints and Embryo Suggestions in J.C. Powys’s Wood and Stone and Rodmoor
  • G. Wilson Knight: The Editor’s Preface
  • Francis Berry G. Wilson Knight: His Life and Work
  • Reviews
    • Gillian Clarke Selected Poems.  ANN STEVENSON
    • Gwyn A. Williams When was Wales? A History of the Welsh; Wynford Vaughan Thomas Wales: A History. PAUL BENNETT MORGAN
    • John Cowper Powys Paddock Calls.  ANTHONY HEAD
    • Valentine Ackland For Sylvia: An Honest Account.  CLAIRE HARMAN
    • Kenneth Hopkins, ed. The Letters of Gamel Woolsey To Llewelyn Powys, 1900-1939; The Collected Poems of Gamel Woolsey.  JOHN HARRIS [misspelt as HARRIES]
    • Richard Taylor, ed. Emma Hardy Diaries.  BARRIE SAYWOOD
    • Patrick Parrinder James Joyce.  WILLIAM BAKER
    • Kenneth Hopkins Bertrand Russell and Gamel Woolsey.  CARL SPADONI
  • Letters to the Editor
  • Notes on Contributors

PR 18 coverNumber 18, 1986, Volume V ii


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  • Glen Cavaliero The Comic Spirit in the Novels and Fantasies of John Cowper Powys
  • Meirion Pennar In Search of the Real Glendower
  • John [Cowper] Powys Mordaunt Ap Gryfith. A tale (A schoolboy’s incomplete manuscript romance, introduced by Belinda Humfrey)
  • Ian Hughes The Genre of John Cowper Powys’s Major Novels
  • Susan Rands Rodmoor: Aspects of its Provenance and Direction
  • Jacqueline Peltier American Landscapes in John Cowper Powys’s Letters to His Brother Llewelyn
  • John Cowper Powys Drought and the River Bed (a poem)
  • T.J. Diffey A Visit to Mrs Lily Brooks, 5 June 1985
  • Angela Blaen The Wisht Hound Tradition and T.F Powys’s Mark Only
  • Editor’s Obituary Note: Philip Larkin and H. P. Collins
  • Reviews
    • R. S. Thomas Ingrowing Thoughts.  STEPHEN BANN
    • Michael Carter George Orwell and the Problem of Authentic Existence. BERNARD CRICK
    • Llewelyn Powys Black Laughter.  JOHN HARRIS
    • T. W. Rolleston Myths and Legends of the Celtic Race.  DEREK BRYCE
    • D. Helen Allday Insurrection in Wales.  DAFYDD HUW EVANS
    • Ruth Danon Work in the English Novel: The Myth of Vocation. GRAHAM HOLDERNESS
    • P. N. Furbank Pound.  J. P. SULLIVAN
    • Patrick Bridgwater The German Poets of the First World War. GORDON WILLIAMS
    • Roderick Watson MacDiarmid.  EDWIN MORGAN
  • Publications Received
  • Notes on Contributors

PR 19 coverNumber 19, 1986, Volume V iii


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  • J. Lawrence Mitchell The Education of T.F Powys
  • Michael Ballin John Cowper Powys’s Porius  and the Dialectic of History
  • Dorothee von Huene Greenberg Stone Worship and the Search for Community in John Cowper Powys’s A Glastonbury Romance
  • Oliver Marlow Wilkinson The Letters of Frances and Jack
  • Frederick Davies Recollections of John Cowper Powys and Phyllis Playter: Part One
  • Notices
  • Reviews
    • T.F Powys Mr Weston’s Good Wine.  MARTIN STEINMANN
    • Roy Fisher A Furnace.  JEREMY HOOKER
    • Edward Larrissy William Blake.  DESIREE HIRST
    • David Punter The Hidden Script: Writing and the Unconscious. LAWRENCE NORMAND
    • Raymond H. Thompson The Return from Avalon: A Study of the Arthurian Legend in Modern Fiction.  T. A. SHIPPEY
    • Andrew Rutherford, ed. Early Verse by Rudyard Kipling 1879-1889. MARTIN GREEN
    • R. George Thomas Edward Thomas: A Portrait.  LESLIE NORRIS
    • Gwyn Thomas Sorrow For Thy Sons.  PETER MILES
    • Fleur Adcock Selected Poems.  GILLIAN CLARKE
    • Roger Fowler Linguistic Criticism.  ANDREW HASSAM
  • Notes on Contributors

PR 20 coverNumber 20, 1987, Volume V iv


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  • T.F Powys This Is Thyself Introduced and annotated by J. Lawrence Mitchell
  • Susan Rands Aspects of the Topography of A Glastonbury Romance 
  • Margaret Woolf J.C. Powys’s Autobiography in the light of The Letters to His Brother Llewelyn
  • Frederick Davies Recollections of John Cowper Powys and Phyllis Playter: Part Two
  • Glen Cavaliero, Gordon Wynne, Margaret Woolf Lucy Amelia Penny (née Powys) 1890-1986
  • Alyse Gregory Philippa Powys
  • Frank Warren Winter at Chydyok: A Reverie
  • Reviews
    • H.W. Fawkner The Ecstatic World of John Cowper Powys.  T.J. DIFFEY
    • A.O.J. Cockshut The Art of Autobiography.  BARBARA DENNIS
    • Marius Buning T.F Powys: A Modern Allegorist. JEREMY HOOKER
    • John Cowper Powys Three Fantasies.  IAN HUGHES
    • Louis L. Martz, ed. George Herbert and Henry Vaughan.  HELEN WILCOX
    • J.B. Bullen The Expressive Eye: Fiction and Perception in the Work of Thomas Hardy.  ARLENE M. JACKSON
    • Trevor Rowley The Landscape of the Welsh Marches. PAUL BENNETT MORGAN
    • Leslie Norris Selected Poems.  ROBERT MINHINNICK
    • John Cowper Powys Horned Poppies . . .  BERNARD JONES
  • Notes on Contributors

PR 21 coverNumber 21, 1987-1988, Volume VI i


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  • Tony Brown “On the Screen of Eternity”: Some Aspects of R.S. Thomas’s Prose
  • Charles Lock “To Ravage and Redeem”: Maiden Castle and the Violation of Form
  • Peter Christensen Wessex 1272: History in John Cowper Powys’s The Brazen Head 
  • H.W. Fawkner John Cowper Powys and Ontotheology
  • Ben Jones John Cowper Powys in Mexico
  • Patricia Vaughan Dawson Etchings and Sculptures Suggested by Scenes from J.C. Powys’s Porius
  • Reviews
    • Mary Casey The Kingfisher’s Wing.  GLEN CAVALIERO
    • Vilhelm Ekelund The Second Light.  CEDRIC HENTSCHEL
    • Noel Kennedy Thomas Henry Vaughan: Poet of Revelation.  GARETH ROBERTS
    • Joan H. Harding From Fox Howe to Fairy Hill: Matthew Arnold’s Celtic Connections. BARBARA DENNIS
    • John Halperin Gissing: A Life in Books.  ANDREW HASSAM
    • Caitlin Thomas with George Tremlett Caitlin: Life with Dylan Thomas. JAMES A. DAVIES
    • Meic Stephens, ed. The Oxford Companion to the Literature of Wales. PETER DAVISON
    • Roland Mathias Anglo-Welsh Literature: An Illustrated History.  JOHN HARRIS
    • Richard Poole Richard Hughes: Novelist.  PAUL BENNETT MORGAN
    • Randall Stevenson The British Novel Since the Thirties: An Introduction. WILLIAM BAKER
    • Jeremy Hooker The Presence of the Past.  JOHN WILLIAMS
  • Notes on Contributors

PR 22 coverNumber 22, 1988, Volume VI ii


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  • Robin L. Wood John Cowper Powys’s Welsh Mythology: Gods and Manias
  • W. J. Keith The Archaeological Background to Maiden Castle
  • Penny Smith Works Without Names: John Cowper Powys’s Early, Unpublished Fiction (Part 1)
  • Don Dale-Jones, ed. Littleton Powys to A. G. Prys-Jones
  • Peter J. Foss The Religion of an Atheist: The Dawn at Seaton
  • Llewelyn Powys The Dawn
  • Deborah Wills Problems of Ontology and Omnipotence in Mr. Weston’s Good Wine
  • Penny Smith Hilda Doolittle and Frances Gregg
  • Kenneth Hopkins: a notice and a memoir
  • Reviews
    • Richard Ellmann Oscar Wilde.  JOHN ACKERMAN
    • John E. Van Domelen Tarzan of Athens: A Biographical Study of G. Wilson Knight. PETER J. FOSS
    • Tony Curtis, ed. Wales: The Imagined Nation: Essays in Cultural and National Identity .  DEIAN HOPKIN
    • Brenda Chamberlain Tide-race.  CERIDWEN LLOYD-MORGAN
    • J.P. Ward The Poetry of R. S. Thomas.  SIMON BARKER
    • Barbara Dennis and David Skilton, ed. Reform and Intellectual Debate in Victorian England.  PHILIP COLLINS
    • Joseph Carroll Wallace Stevens’s Supreme Fiction: A New Romanticism. H.W. FAWKNER
    • Gwyn Thomas and Kevin Crossley Holland The Quest for Olwen. Illustrated by Margaret Jones. C.W. MARX
  • Notes on Contributors

PR 23 coverNumber 23, 1989, Volume VI iii


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  • J. Lawrence Mitchell “One foot in the furrow”: T.F Powys in East Anglia
  • Charles Lock Weymouth Sands and the Matter of Representation: Live Dogs, Stuffed Animals and Unsealed Stones
  • Penny Smith Works Without Names: John Cowper Powys’s Early, Unpublished Fiction (Part 2)
  • H.W. Fawkner Owen Glendower: Love at the Margins of Being
  • Oliver Marlow Wilkinson Louis Wilkinson
  • Reviews
    • Judith Stinton Chaldon Herring: The Powys Circle in a Dorset Village. CLAIRE HARMAN
    • Caradoc Evans My People, ed. John Harris. LESLIE NORRIS
    • W.J. Keith Regions of the Imagination: The Development of the British Rural Novel. PETER EASINGWOOD
    • R. S. Thomas Welsh Airs; Oliver Reynolds The Player Queen’s Wife. EDWIN MORGAN
    • Gillian Hanscombe and Virginia L. Smyers Writing for their Lives: the Modernist Women, 1910-1940.  LYN PYKETT
    • Roy Fisher Poems 1955-1987. DOUGLAS HOUSTON
    • Dai Smith, ed. Writer’s World: Gwyn Thomas 1913-81.  PETER MILES
  • Notes on Contributors
  • Cover design: The Key of the Field, by R. A. Garnett (1930)

PR 24 coverNumber 24, 1989, Volume VI iv


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  • Subi Swift An Eye for Interiors: The Influence of Genre Painting on the Work of John Cowper Powys
  • Susan Rands “This Super-subtle Interpreter”: Aspects of Walter Pater’s Influence on John Cowper Powys
  • Penny Smith “A Kind of Prostitution”: John Cowper Powys’s Dependent Women
  • Tony Hallett Ramsguard to Blacksod: The Setting of Wolf Solent 
  • Jacqueline Peltier John Cowper Powys en français dans le texte
  • Stephen Carroll A Burpham Miscellany
  • Gerard Casey Lucy, Katie, Will: A Pattern of Memories
  • Raymond Garlick, Roland Mathias, Jonah Jones and others John Cowper Powys: an Impression. A Radio Programme, June 1957
  • Reviews
    • Review article: Beckett in the Eighties. MARIUS BUNING
    • Michael Parnell Laughter from the Dark, A Life of Gwyn Thomas.  IAN BELL
    • Jean Hartley Philip Larkin, the Marvell Press and Me.  GWYN WALTERS
    • Jonathan Barker, ed. The Art of Edward Thomas.  LAWRENCE NORMAND
    • Peter Buitenhuis The Great War of Words: Literature as Propaganda, 1914-18 and after. JEFFREY RICHARDS
    • Idris Parry Speak Silence: Essays.  DAVID BLAMIRES
    • Hans Petersen, ed. Erkundungen: 28 Walisische Erzähler.  ANTHONY BUSHELL
  • Notes on Contributors
  • Cover: John Cowper Powys in Sussex: a watercolour by Tim Kahane
    (Courtesy of Stephen Carroll)

PR 25 coverNumber 25, 1990, Volume VIII i [properly VII i]


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  • Mark Patterson The Origins of John Cowper Powys’s Myrddin Wyllt
  • Peter Christensen The Marriage of Myth and History in John Cowper Powys’s Porius
  • Danielle Price Repetitions: Weston and Pickwick
  • Gloria G. Fromm Epistolary Counterpoint: The Letters of Dorothy Richardson and John Cowper Powys
  • David Gerard, ed., “Ever Your Faithful Friend”: Letters from John Cowper Powys to James Hanley
  • Tony Hallett Ramsgard to Blacksod, continued
  • Susan Rands The Gateposts of Stalbridge Park
  • Jean E. Bellamy The Powys Monuments
  • Reviews
    • John Cowper Powys Maiden Castle Introduction by Ian Hughes. GLEN CAVALIERO
    • M.E. Leaska & J. Phillips, eds. Violet to Vita: The Letters of Violet Trefusis to Vita Sackville-West.  SUZANNE RAITT
    • P.J. Kavanagh People and Places: A Selection 1975-1987.  PAUL BENNETT MORGAN
    • Benjamin Stassen, ed. John Cowper Powys (Plein Chant, 42-43). CERIDWEN LLOYD-MORGAN
    • Claire Harman Sylvia Townsend Warner, a Biography. DESIRÉE HIRST
    • Larry Benson, ed. The Riverside Chaucer.  ALCUIN BLAMIRES
    • Louis Martz, ed. H.D. Selected Poems.  ROSALIND CARROLL
    • A.N. Wilson Eminent Victorians.  DONALD HAWES
    • Gillian Clarke Lettering in the Rumour. MERCER SIMPSON
  • Notes on Contributors
  • USA/Canada PhD Theses, 1954-1989
  • Cover: Margaret Jones, illustration to The Lady of the Fountain: the blackman (courtesy the Editor)

PR 26 coverNumber 26, 1991, Volume VIII ii [properly VII ii]


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  • John Williams T.F. Powys: Absence and Exile in Innocent Birds
  • J.S. Rodman Plotting Wolf Solent 
  • Janina Nordius Behind the Pigsty: On the Duplicity of Solitude in Wolf Solent 
  • H.W. Fawkner Atlanticism: John Cowper Powys and Mineralogy
  • Ernst Verbeek John Cowper Powys: Tempting the Gods
  • Susan Rands John Cowper Powys’s The Inmates, an Allegory
  • Carys Richards Some Recollections of Phyllis Playter
  • Letter to the Editor: Timothy Hyman
  • Reviews
    • Charles Doyle Richard Aldington: A Biography.  PETER MILES
    • Gerard Casey Echoes. JOHN WILLIAMS
    • Kim Taplin Tongues in Trees: Studies in Literature and Ecology. MICHAEL BELL
    • Lionel Gossman Between History and Literature.  R.C. RICHARDSON
    • Charles Hobday Edgell Rickword: A Poet at War.  GORDON WILLIAMS
    • Belinda Humfrey, ed. John Cowper Powys’s Wolf Solent: Critical Studies. GLEN CAVALIERO
  • Notices: Den otidsenlige och den aktuelle: John Cowper Powys (1872-1963), Sven Eric Täckmarks specialsamling. B. Humfrey
  • Notes on Contributors

PR 27-28 coverNumbers 27 & 28, 1992-93, Volumes VII iii & iv


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  • J. Lawrence Mitchell In search of T.F. Powys: the visual record
  • T.F. Powys: A Checklist of drawings, paintings and photographic portraits
  • T.F. Powys A story: The White Spider
  • Jeremy Hooker Thomas Hardy, John Cowper Powys and Wessex
  • Edmund Cusick A Study in the Symbolism of John Cowper Powys’s Mandragora (1917)
  • Susan Rands The Topicality of A Glastonbury Romance
  • Belinda Humfrey Kraken to Sea Serpent: John Cowper Powys and Huw Menai
  • John Cowper Powys to Huw Menai: Selected Letters, 1939-1947
  • Littleton Alfred Powys A Talk between Kathleen Tranter and Susan Rands
  • Reviews
    • Geoffrey Ashe Mythology of the British Isles; Graeme Fife Arthur the King: The Theme Behind the Legends. JOHN MATTHEWS
    • Anne Wilson The Magical Quest: the Use of Magic in Arthurian Romance. MALDWYN MILLS
    • Linda Gowans Cei and the Arthurian Legend; Richard Barber, ed. Arthurian Literature IX. RACHEL BROMWICH
    • John S. Mebane Renaissance Magic and the Return of the Golden Age: The Occult Tradition and Marlowe, Jonson and Shakespeare. GARETH ROBERTS
    • Letters to Lalage: The Letters of Charles Williams to Lois Lang-Sims Introduction by Glen Cavaliero. STEPHEN MEDCALF
    • Fredric S. Colwell Rivermen: A Romantic Iconography of the River and the Source. MICHAEL O'NEILL
    • William Anderson Green Man: The Archetype of our Oneness with the Earth. TONY HALLETT
    • Anthony Head, ed. The Letters of John Cowper Powys to Ichiro Hara; Paul Roberts, ed. The Letters of John Cowper Powys to Hal W. and Violet Trovillion. IAN HUGHES
    • Peter Faulkner, ed. William Morris, Selected Poems. BARBARA DENNIS
  • Notes on Contributors

PR 29-30 coverNumbers 29 & 30, [1995], Volumes VIII i & ii


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  • Geoffrey Gunther John Cowper Powys’s Most Puzzling Novel
  • Peter G. Christensen The Rôle of Fate in History: Owen Glendower as Epic Historical Novel
  • Oliver and Christopher Wilkinson A Forging by Fire: John Cowper Powys and Frances Gregg
  • H.W. Fawkner The Mineralogical Microplatonism of John Cowper Powys
  • John W. Dowding John Cowper Powys’s ‘Six Precious Words’
  • Judith Stinton Chaldon Herring: A Place Apart
  • L.R. Leavis T.F Powys in Perspective: The Significance of Father Adam [1919] and The Market Bell [1924]
  • Victor Golightly Gwyn Thomas’s ‘Duality’
  • Robert Mighall Arcadian Perspectives: Llewelyn Powys and George Orwell
  • Rowena Griffiths A Rose for the Mistress Rowena
  • Herbert Williams JCP on TV
  • Notes on Contributors

PR 31-32 coverNumbers 31 & 32, [1997], Volumes VIII iii & iv


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  • Editorial: Raymond Garlick and John Cowper Powys
  • Raymond Garlick Four Poems on John Cowper Powys: Extract from Scene Seven of Blaenau Observed (1956); ‘Seeing’, ‘Death of an Actor’; and ‘The Immortals’ (from Landscapes and Figures (1964))
  • Joe Boulter John Cowper Powys’s [De]construction of Welsh Identity in Porius 
  • Robin Wood Queer Attacks and Fits: Epilepsy and Ecstatic Experiences in the Novels of J.C. Powys
  • Jacqueline Peltier Powys - and the Pleasures of Proust?
  • Susan Rands The Glastonbury Libel
  • Elmar Schenkel From Powys to Pooh: Some Versions of Taoism in British and American Literature
  • John Cowper Powys Poem: ‘The Occult Madonna’ (1906)
  • Joseph Resnick Remembering John Cowper Powys
  • Reviews
    • Gloria G. Fromm, ed. Windows on Modernism: Selected Letters of Dorothy Richardson.  ROBIN WOOD
    • Anthony Head, ed. Powys to Sea Eagle: The Letters of John Cowper Powys to Philippa Powys. J.S. RODMAN
    • Oliver and Christopher Wilkinson, eds. Jack and Frances: The Love Letters of John Cowper Powys and Frances Gregg, 2 vols. PETER EASINGWOOD
    • Frances Gregg The Mystic Leeway  ed. Ben Jones. BELINDA HUMFREY
    • Morine Krissdottir, ed. Petrushka and the Dancer, The Diaries of John Cowper Powys, 1929-1939. RODNEY AITCHTEY
    • Glen Cavaliero A Steeple on a Hill.  K. E. SMITH
  • Notes on Contributors
  • Cover photograph: John Cowper Powys in the doorway of 1 Waterloo, Blaenau Ffestiniog (Photograph: Raymond Garlick)