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"Dawn Powell: the American Writer" (1987) Summary and Analysis

Who has heard of Dawn Powell? Well, according to Vidal, this talented writer "was always just on the verge of ceasing to be a cult and becoming a major religion" with admirers such as John Dos Passos, Ernest Hemingway, Edmund Wilson, Matthew Josephson and Vidal himself. She published more than 15 novels, "divided between accounts of her native Midwest (and how the hell to get out of there and make it to New York), and the highly comic New York novels, centered on Greenwich Village, where she lived most of her adult life."

Vidal recalls a party at Powell's New York City duplex in 1950 with the poet E.E. Cummings and his wife, Marion, in attendance along with Dawn Powell's husband, Joe, and live-in lover, Coby. Martinis are dispensed from...

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