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Angels on Toast
Written by Dawn Powell
Steerforth | Trade Paperback | June 1998
$15.99/18.99(Canada) | 978-1-883642-40-2 (1-883642-40-X)

Everyone in Dawn Powell's New York satire Angels on Toast is on the make: Lou Donovan, the entrepeneur who ricochets frantically between his well-connected current wife, his disreputable ex, and his dangerously greedy mistress; Trina Kameray, the exotic adventuress whose job title is as phony as her accent; T.V. Truesdale, the man... Read more






Dance Night
Written by Dawn Powell
Steerforth | Trade Paperback | January 1999
$14.00/21.95(Canada) | 978-1-883642-71-6 (1-883642-71-X)

It is sometime after the turn of the century in Lamptown, Ohio, a working-class town filled with factory girls. Every Thursday night at the Casino Dance Hall above Bauer's Chop House and across the street from Elsinore Abbott's Bon Ton Hat Shop and Bill Delaney's Saloon and Billiard Parlor, women and... Read more






The Diaries of Dawn Powell
Written by Dawn Powell, Introduction by Tim Page
Steerforth | Trade Paperback | August 1998
$34.99/41.99(Canada) | 978-1-883642-25-9 (1-883642-25-6)

Powell had a brilliant mind and a keen wit and her humor was never at a finer pitch than in her diaries. And yet her story is a poignant one – a son emotionally and mentally impaired, a household of too much alcohol and never enough money, and an artistic career... Read more






Four Plays by Dawn Powell
Written by Dawn Powell, Tim Page and Michael Sexton
Steerforth | Trade Paperback | November 1999
$19.00/29.50(Canada) | 978-1-883642-61-7 (1-883642-61-2)

FROM HER COLLEGE days onward, Dawn Powell dreamed of becoming a successful playwright. Indeed, over the course of four decades, she finished at least ten plays and was working on fashioning her novel The Golden Spur into a musical comedy during her final illness. Only two of her plays were mounted... Read more






The Locusts Have No King
Written by Dawn Powell
Steerforth | Trade Paperback | June 1998
$14.95/21.00(Canada) | 978-1-883642-42-6 (1-883642-42-6)

No one has satirized New York society quite like Dawn Powell, and in this classic novel she turns her sharp eye and stinging wit on the literary world, and "identifies every sort of publishing type with the patience of a pathologist removing organs for inspection." Frederick Olliver, an obscure historian and... Read more






My Home Is Far Away
Written by Dawn Powell, Foreword by Tim Page
Steerforth | Trade Paperback | June 1998
$14.95/21.00(Canada) | 978-1-883642-43-3 (1-883642-43-4)

My Home is Far Away is the most precisely autobiographical of Powell’s fifteen novels. In this family chronicle set in early twentieth century Ohio, young Marcia Willard’ s family struggles to keep up with the rapidly changing times, and Marcia endures disillusionment, cruelty, and betrayal to forge a survivor’s sense of... Read more






Sunday, Monday, and Always
Written by Dawn Powell, Introduction by Tim Page
Steerforth | Trade Paperback | October 1999
$14.00/21.95(Canada) | 978-1-883642-60-0 (1-883642-60-4)

In addition to the novels and the diaries that have won her posthumous acclaim, Dawn Powell wrote hundreds of short stories over the course of half a century. Sunday, Monday and Always, initially published in 1952, was the author's own personal selection of her best work in the form. This new... Read more






A Time to Be Born
Written by Dawn Powell
Steerforth | Trade Paperback | June 1998
$14.95/21.00(Canada) | 978-1-883642-41-9 (1-883642-41-8)

Set against an atmospheric backdrop of New York City in the months just before America’ s entry into World War II, A Time To Be Born is a scathing and hilarious study of cynical New Yorkers stalking each other for various selfish ends. At the center of the story are a... Read more






Turn, Magic Wheel
Written by Dawn Powell
Steerforth | Trade Paperback | January 1999
$14.95/21.00(Canada) | 978-1-883642-72-3 (1-883642-72-8)

Dennis Orphen, in writing a novel, has stolen the life story of his friend, Effie Callingham, the former wife of a famous, Hemingway-like novelist, Andrew Callingham. Orphen’s betrayal is not the only one, nor the worst one, in this hilarious satire of the New York literary scene. (Powell personally considered this... Read more






The Wicked Pavilion
Written by Dawn Powell
Steerforth | Trade Paperback | June 1998
$14.95/21.00(Canada) | 978-1-883642-39-6 (1-883642-39-6)

The “Wicked Pavilion” of the title is the Café Julien, where everybody who is anybody goes to recover from failed love affairs and to pursue new ones, to cadge money, to hatch plots, and to puncture one another’s reputation. Dennis Orphen, the writer from Dawn Powell’s Turn, Magic Wheel, makes an... Read more





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