This 1916 roughly chronological appraisal begins with the Psalms of David and ends with The Oxford Book of English Verse. Powys lists and comments on canonical favorites by Homer, Shakespeare, Goethe, and Austen, as well as works by lesser-known authors such as Walter Pater, Gilbert Cannan, Vincent O’Sullivan, and Oliver Onions.
About the Author
John Cowper Powys (1872-1963) was a prolific British novelist and critic. He is best known today for the novels Wolf Solent (1929), A Glastonbury Romance (1932), and Owen Glendower (1940), as well as his Autobiography (1934). An idiosyncratic writer, Powys drew on strains of Romanticism and the dour determinism of Hardy, adding a mysticism all his own.