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The Diaries of Dawn Powell: 1915-1965

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What are the Dawn Powell diaries? They are 43 handwritten volumes dating from 1915 to 1965 by the American author Dawn Powell (1896-1965). An abridged version (approximately 1/5 of the content) was edited by Tim Page and published in 1995 by Steerforth Press, to international acclaim. Now, with the blessing of Powell’s family and her […]

1920-1942 Diaries

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This is a representative picture of Powell’s diaries between 1920 and 1942. Conditions vary. Some bindings are very weak and the 1931 diary has no hard cover at all.

Frequently Asked Questions about the Sale

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What are the terms of the sale? The Diaries are for sale solely as a lot: proposals to purchase anything other than the entire lot will not be considered. The buyer must ensure that a full copy of all manuscripts is available to scholars and to the public, through a library or research center, and […]

Reviews of Published Diaries


What have others said about the published Diaries? In her novels, Powell is cold-eyed and confident; in her diaries, the mask sometimes slips, and she reveals the debilitating effects of writing brilliantly and selling poorly. She is vain (“In ‘Turn, Magic Wheel,’ I believe firmly that I have the perfect New York story”) and self-pitying […]

1943-1953 Diaries

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Assembled diaries 1943-1953.

1954-1965 Diaries

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Assembled diaries 1954-1965

1965 Day Book Diary

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Two diaries for 1965 have survived. This one is mostly an appointment book and was discovered after the publication of “The Diaries of Dawn Powell” in 1995.