Turn, Magic Wheel by Dawn Powell

Turn, Magic Wheel by Dawn Powell. 1999 Zoland Books edition, later printing, 233 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. Turn, Magic Wheel is a satiric take on publishers and New York City.

Condition: Acceptable. Tear on front cover, underlining.

"Not such a good idea, Dennis thought, listening to music when you had things on your mind."

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