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The Wicked Pavilion by Dawn Powell
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Feb 15, 2009

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Dawn Powell is to upper-middle-class Manhattan circa 1940s-early '50s what Joseph Mitchell is to early 1900s lower- to middle-class Manhattan and her writing just as clearly delineates the people/mileau. "A Time To Be Born" was her first book that I read after seeing a mention of her in the NYT Sunday Book Review a few years ago...

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Tom Hmm, the comparison to Mitchell is interesting, one I would not have made readily. Powell's tone (based solely on reading this one novel) seems much more satiric than Mitchell's sly, dry humor, though they both share a sense of compassion for eccentric figures, and an air of melancholic nostalgia drifts throughout their work. So, yes, the more I think about, I can see the comparison, enough to make me want to reread both with this connection in mind. Thanks for raising it.

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