John Cowper Powys
(1872-1963)

poet and author

Died aged c. 91

John Cowper Powys (/ˈkuːpər ˈpoʊɪs/; 8 October 1872 – 17 June 1963) was a British philosopher, lecturer, novelist, literary critic, and poet, born in Shirley, Derbyshire, where his father was Vicar of St Michael and All Angels Parish Church in 1871–1879. Powys appeared with a volume of verse in 1896 and a first novel in 1915, but gained success only with his novel Wolf Solent in 1929. He has been seen as a successor to Thomas Hardy, and Wolf Solent, A Glastonbury Romance (1932), Weymouth Sands (1934), and Maiden Castle (1936) have been called his Wessex novels. As with Hardy landscape is important. So is elemental philosophy in his characters' lives. In 1934 he published an autobiography. Powys had success as an itinerant lecturer, in England, and in 1905–1930 in the US, where he wrote many of his novels and had several first published. He moved to Dorset, England, in 1934 with his American partner, Phyllis Playter. In 1935 they moved to Corwen, Merionethshire in Wales, where he set two novels, then in 1955 to Blaenau Ffestiniog, where he died in 1963.

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Following his return from America John Cowper Powys (1872-1963) poet & author lived here for a short time in 1936 during which he began his book "Maiden Castle"

High Street, Dorchester, United Kingdom where they lived

John Cowper Powys Bu'r nofelydd yn byw yng Nghorwen rhwng 1935 a 1955. Yma yr ysgrifennodd ddwy nofel o bwys sef Owen Glendower a Porius. The novelist lived in Corwen from 1935 to 1955. He wrote two major novels Owen Glendower and Porius while here.

London Road, Corwen, United Kingdom where they was