Date of Award
Master of Arts
During a time in which scholarly examinations of novels both major and minor abound, it seems remarkable that such an intricate and ambitious series as Anthony Powell' s Dance to the Music of Time has not generated more extensive and thorough critical attention. Resulting in part from the singularity of Powell' s art, this neglect can be attributed primarily to the nature of the series itself. Thus, as Anthony Burgess has pointed out, Powell has undertaken the writing of a roman fleuve. In such a work, of course, the novels are basically uniform in style, structure, and theme, and are inhabited by a considerable number of the same characters. Then, too, the novels are inter-dependent , building one upon the other.
Gaspeny, Michael George, "The significance of Nicholas Jenkins in Anthony Powell's A dance to the music of time" (1969). Master's Theses. 293.