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Who was Dawn Powell?


1896 Born in family home at 53 West North Street in Mt. Gilead, Ohio, on November 28, the second of three daughters of Roy King Powell and Hattie Sherman Powell. (In later years Powell habitually gives her birth year as 1897. Father, b. August 24, 1869, and mother, b. March 24, 1872, are both from […]

1930 Diary

Cover 1930 Diary

The last of Powell’s appointment-book like diaries. Beginning in 1931 she would be much more expansive in her writing. It was in 1930 that Powell published the book of which she was always most proud, “Dance Night.” She was crushed by its poor reception, all though none of that is reflected here.

1943 Diary

Cover 1943 Diary

Powell’s long friendship with Edmund Wilson deepens and there are several stories about him in this diary. Powell evaluates her own work: “Reading Whither I was horrified at how completely hopeless and utterly devoid of promise it was—far worse than what I had written at 13. On the other hand a re-reading of Dance Night […]