Locusts Have No King by Dawn Powell

The Locusts Have No King by Dawn Powell. 1990 Yarrow Press edition (c/r 1948), 286 pages. According to Publishers Weekly "In the literary circles of Powell's (1897-1965) post-WW II Manhattan, 'art is a cigarette ad,' money and insincerity go hand-in-hand, a friend is an opportunity to talk about oneself, and the word identifying what lovers do for each other is 'punish.'" LARB writes of Powell "A social satirist in a league with Mark Twain, Powell never found a large audience, and her literary reputation seems perpetually on the brink of flourishing." Powell was often compared to Dorothy Parker, however her work had fallen out of print. In the late eighties, partly on account of Gore Vidal's championing, her work was reissued, along with her deliciously gossipy diaries.

Condition: Near fine.

"Wherever he went that night people insisted on confiding in him."

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