April 06, 2004

The Ghost of Novelists Past

The cover painting for William Boyd's Any Human Heart is based in part on a 1927 photo of Anthony Powell. Powell, whose A Dance to the Music of Time series, chronicled characters over several generations is one of the best known post-Proustian novelists -- right there with Jules Romain and (on my list, anyway) Eric Kraft.

Alas -- it's not a vanity painting. Painter Duncan Hannah's simply an Anglophile.

Posted by DrMabuse at April 6, 2004 03:37 PM

BTW, AHH was one of my favorites of last year. A lovely book, if you're into the European art scene of the 20th century. Sent me back to read a few other Boyds - The New Confessions and Brazzaville Beach - but Heart was the best of the three.

(And I'm even looking in on you from NYC - how's THAT for loyalty?)

Posted by: TEV at April 7, 2004 03:49 PM