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A Time To Be Born

By Dawn Powell

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Set against an atmospheric backdrop of New York City in the months just before America's entry into WWII, this novel is a scathing satire of New Yorkers stalking each other for various selfish ends, at the center of which are a wealthy, self-involved newspaper published and his scheming, novelist wife, Amanda Keeler, modeled on Clare Boothe Brokaw, the beautiful and ambitious playwright and journalist who married Henry R. Luce, cofounder of Time magazine, and later was elected to the U.S. Congress. 327p.

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Originally published in 1940, 1942, and 1954, respectively, this trio were reprinted by Vintage (Classic Returns, LJ 5/1/90) and the now defunct Yarrow Press (Classic Returns, LJ 4/15/91) in the early 1990s, when Powell experienced a bit of a resurgence only to disappear again. Like many of her works, these satirize New York's pseudointellectual elite. Powell is one of American literature's most lethal wits?she could hold her own against Dorothy Parker any time?and should be in all library collections. Copyright 1996 Cahners Business Information.

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