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Also, there's John Cowper Powys mayhaps,
"n. Powys combines twentieth-century introspection and analysis of the relations between men and women with the social panoramas, humour and prolixity of the eighteenth- and nineteenth-century novelists. The uninitiated might do worse than to attempt to imagine an amalgam of Lawrence and Dickens, Hardy and Dostoievsky, Proust and Scott. To these great names two others need to be added: that of Wordsworth, in order to suggest Powys’s characteristic attention to and communion with the natural world, animate and inanimate; and Blake’s, since Powys shares his reverence for life and belief that ‘everything that lives is holy’, as well as his radical rejection of the established order.2 It is also a commonplace of Powys criticism that he possesses an empathy with women, an entry into the minds and feelings of women, unrivalled by any other male writer.3"
1 See, for example, Boris Ford (ed.), The New Pelican Guide to English Literature (Harmondsworth: Penguin, 8 vols., 1983), VII, pp. 86, 99, 187–90, and VIII, pp. 68, 100; Boris Ford (ed.), The Cambridge Cultural History of Britain (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 9 vols., 1992), VIII, pp. 37–8. The writers are John Holloway, the Leavisite Denys Thompson, and Wilfrid Mellers and Rupert Hildyard.Goodway
2 For Blake, cf. Glen Cavaliero, John Cowper Powys: Novelist (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1973), pp. 105–6. The other principal work of literary analysis is G. Wilson Knight, The Saturnian Quest: A Chart of the Prose Works of John Cowper Powys (London: Methuen, 1964). See also the seven items on Powys in G. Wilson Knight, Neglected Powers: Essays on Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Literature (London: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1971); and Jeremy Hooker, John Cowper Powys(Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 1973).
3 This, admittedly, is something that has usually been said by men – but see Belinda Humfrey (ed.), ‘Introduction’, Essays on John Cowper Powys (Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 1972), pp. 24–5; and Carole Coates, ‘Gerda and Christie’, in Belinda Humfrey (ed.), John Cowper Powys’s ‘Wolf Solent’: Critical Studies (Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 1990), esp. p. 159. Alice Wexler has commented to me that, while Powys ‘obviously’ had an empathy with women, ‘it was stronger than that’, ‘more an identification with women’ (letter of 22 July 1992)
Anarchist Seeds Beneath the Snow, pg. 93