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Powell, Padgett

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Works: 42 works in 159 publications in 8 languages and 6,699 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Juvenile works  Adventure stories  Parodies, imitations, etc  Domestic fiction  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Pictorial works  Graphic novels  Experimental fiction  Political fiction 
Classifications: PS1305, 813.4
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Edisto : a novel by Padgett Powell( Book )
32 editions published between 1982 and 2014 in 7 languages and held by 1,500 libraries worldwide
About the coming of age on an undevelped strip of coast between Savannah and Charleston
The interrogative mood : a novel? by Padgett Powell( Book )
19 editions published between 2009 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 872 libraries worldwide
The acclaimed writer Padgett Powell is fascinated by what it feels like to walk through everyday life, to hear the swing and snap of American talk, to be both electrified and overwhelmed by the mad cacophony -- the "muchness"--of America. "The Interrogative Mood" is Powell's playful and profound response, a bebop solo of a book in which every sentence is a question
You & me : a novel by Padgett Powell( Book )
9 editions published between 2012 and 2014 in English and held by 772 libraries worldwide
"A scabrous, Southern send-up of WAITING FOR GODOT by the novelist Sam Lipsyte hails as "one of the few truly important American writers of our time.""
Mrs. Hollingsworth's men by Padgett Powell( Book )
5 editions published between 2000 and 2002 in English and held by 713 libraries worldwide
At her kitchen table somewhere in the South, Powell's narrator embarks on a spirited and often hilarious imagining of certain historical figures and current national preoccupations. Ostensibly writing her grocery list, Mrs. Hollingsworth most happily loses her sense of herself until her family intrudes along with two petty criminals named Oswald and Bundy
Edisto revisited : a novel by Padgett Powell( Book )
8 editions published between 1996 and 2014 in English and held by 643 libraries worldwide
A literary novel on a Southern dilettante. Newly graduated architect Simons Manigault of North Carolina passes up a job for drink, literary talk and affairs with women. One day an older man shows him a home for burned-out hippies and Manigault, who narrates the tale, sees the light. By the author of Edisto
A woman named Drown by Padgett Powell( Book )
8 editions published between 1987 and 2014 in English and held by 628 libraries worldwide
Hailed by Time as an “extravagantly comic” novel, A Woman Named Drown is a wild and strange journey through America’s South that follows a young PhD dropout who falls in with an amateur actress–cum-pool shark On the brink of earning his doctorate in chemistry, the unnamed narrator decides to chuck it all away in favor of real life. So begins an odd pilgrimage through the American South. In Tennessee, our hero is bewitched by an older, gin-swilling, pool-playing sometimes-actress who claims to have recently starred in a theatrical production about a “woman named Drown.” He moves in with her and just as quickly begins encountering her strange compatriots. Before he knows it, they’re heading farther south together—to Florida—where the data that the dropout scientist is collecting from life’s laboratory is about to get quite contradictory. Richly influenced by offbeat literary giant Donald Barthelme, Padgett Powell’s A Woman Named Drown offers readers a smorgasbord of literary strangeness—a surreal series of adventures in which nothing much—and yet everything—happens at once
Typical by Padgett Powell( Book )
10 editions published between 1991 and 2014 in English and held by 526 libraries worldwide
Twenty-three surreal fictions'stories, character assassinations, and mini-travelogues'from one of the most heralded writers of the American South There are many things that repulse "Dr. Ordinary." "Kansas" is notable for its distinct lack of farmland. "Wayne's Fate" is most unfortunate, not merely for Wayne but for the roofer pal who stands by watching his good buddy lose his head. "Miss Resignation" simply cannot win at Bingo. And there is nothing "Typical" about the unemployed steelworker and self-described "piece of crud" who strides through this collection's title story. Welcome to the world of Padgett Powell, one of the most original American literary voices in recent memory. Typical is both a bravura demonstration of Powell's passion for words, and an offbeat, perceptive view of contemporary life'an enthralling work by a one-of-a-kind wordsmith, and a redefinition of what short fiction can be
Aliens of affection : stories by Padgett Powell( Book )
9 editions published between 1997 and 2014 in English and held by 439 libraries worldwide
Southern stories featuring nutty characters in search of love. Two of the protagonists are mental patients, a third was abandoned by his family, and the fourth is a woman whose quest for love leads her to seduce a 12-year-old boy
Mrs. Hollingsworth's men by Padgett Powell( file )
4 editions published between 2003 and 2011 in English and held by 121 libraries worldwide
Mrs. Hollingsworth is working on her grocery list when she suddenly begins writing a series of surreal vignettes. In one, two pals roam Mississippi with a large ray gun. In another, a Confederate Civil War general rides triumphantly through town -- even though he's been dead for decades. Mrs. Hollingsworth's daughters think their mother is losing her mind, but there is a method to her madness
You & I by Padgett Powell( Book )
5 editions published between 2011 and 2013 in English and held by 118 libraries worldwide
Padgett Powell writes: 'Their conversation we may find it difficult to grasp much like they themselves. Coming to conclusions that don't conclude. To questions that have no answers. To positions that may not be finally so aimless. They disagree to agree. They are smart, not smart; fools, not fools.' Poignant, hilarious, opaque, diamond-clear, this strange little gem is sure to delight the thousands of devotees found by Powell's The Interrogative Mood. 'I'd like to see some flying dogs. Are there flying dogs? Not that I know of. Seeing some would improve my mood tremendously, though. I suspect it would. Mine too. Cheer us right up, flying dogs. Raining cats and dogs. Like to see cats bouncing off cars. Why'd they call combat air battles "dogfights"? They wanted to see flying dogs too.'
Hologram a novel by Padgett Powell( file )
2 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 81 libraries worldwide
A phantasmagoric dream of a novel, exploring the mind of a housewife enamored of historical personages, twisted love stories, and strange conspiracies Mrs. Hollingsworth sits at her kitchen table, compiling her grocery list. The subject of the list is not foodstuffs, but memories that never happened, inventions of loves, and strange conspiracies peopled by men who appear in the lonely housewife's head'men infinitely more real to her than her own husband. Confederate general Nathan Bedford Forrest gallops into her story, courtesy of media giant Ted Turner and two shady criminal types named Bundy and Oswald who are engaged in a secret experiment to create "the New Southerner." Her prying daughters believe Mrs. Hollingsworth is losing her mind. But in truth, their mother is simply looking for love via hand-to-hand combat on the surreal battlefield inside her head. Originally published as Mrs. Hollingsworth's Men, Padgett Powell's Hologram is a stunning literary achievement. Strikingly unique, it is a poignant, funny, and unconventional fever dream brought to lyrical life
Edisto ; and, edisto revisited by Padgett Powell( file )
2 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 73 libraries worldwide
A special two-in-one edition of National Book Award finalist Padgett Powell's acclaimed southern novels: Edisto and Edisto Revisited In Edisto, Simons Everson Manigault is not a typical twelve-year-old boy in tiny Edisto, South Carolina, in the late 1960s. At the insistence of his challenging mother, who believes her son to possess a capacity for genius, Simons immerses himself in great literature and becomes as literate and literary as any English professor. When Taurus, a soft-spoken African American stranger, moves into the cabin recently vacated by the Manigaults longtime maid, a friendship forms. The lonely, excitable Simons and the quiet, thoughtful Taurus, who has appointed himself Simons’s guide in the ways of the grown-up world, bond over the course of a hot southern summer. In Edisto Revisited, Simons Manigault is newly graduated from Clemson University, bored, unfocused, and idling his summer away at his mother's home in Edisto, South Carolina. Not yet ready to fully embrace adulthood, Simons finds himself surrendering to cynicism. To avoid sinking further into his rut, Simons embarks on a road trip through the South. After a disastrous stint as a Corpus Christi fisherman, he exits the Lone Star State, doubling back to the Louisiana bayou to spend some quality time with his former friend and mentor and his mother's ex-lover Taurus. But as even Taurus's once sought-after wisdom wears thin, Simons begins to suspect that the grass is not greener on the other side—it may be burnt, brown, and dead wherever he goes
Falling in love ( file )
1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 35 libraries worldwide
"At the door is an old lover, someone who broke your heart, who is in England on business and has tracked you down ..."--The Lone Pilgrim by Laurie Colwin. Romance is in the air, tempting the imagination. Stirring tales of love, longing and desire. A great gift for your loved ones! Rick Bass's "Fires" read by Ted Marcoux. In the Rockies a woman sets fire to a parched field to take the plunge into the pool of love
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain( Book )
2 editions published between 1997 and 2008 in English and held by 31 libraries worldwide
Recounts the adventures of a young boy and an escaped slave as they travel down the Mississippi River on a raft
The imperative mood by Padgett Powell( file )
1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 30 libraries worldwide
Whatever floats your boat, go ahead and float it. Do not have large untenable quantities of despair. Do not go to parades. When you feed orphaned wild animals, do not expect them to make it. Be forewarned. Be careful that your genitals do not show outside the strict confines of your underwear. Learn at least three racquet games during your lifetime. In this brand new short, Padgett Powell takes the reader on a completely new kind of journey. Just as The Interrogative Mood was stubbornly memorable and persistently illuminating, The Imperative Mood is surprising, funny, sneakily cumulative, char
De vragende vorm : een roman? by Padgett Powell( Book )
1 edition published in 2010 in Dutch and held by 17 libraries worldwide
Experimenteel relaas dat geheel uit vragen bestaat
Roman in Fragen by Padgett Powell( Book )
4 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in German and held by 15 libraries worldwide
Eine Frau mit Namen Drown by Padgett Powell( Book )
3 editions published in 1990 in German and Undetermined and held by 13 libraries worldwide
5 stories and a piece of you & me by Padgett Powell( file )
2 editions published between 2012 and 2014 in English and held by 12 libraries worldwide
A collection of 5 pieces by Padgett Powell plus an excerpt of the forthcoming You & me to be published initially as an Ecco Solo short e-book
You & me a novel by Padgett Powell( Sound Recording )
2 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 12 libraries worldwide
Powell provides a Southern send-up of Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot. Two loquacious men sit talking on a porch. Funny and profound, daft and cogent, they argue about love and sex, how best to live and die, the merits of Miles Davis and Cadillacs and Hollywood starlets of yore, underused clichés, false truisms, and the meaning of nihilism. Together, they shoot the shit--and then they go on shooting it long after it's dead
 
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Alternative Names
Powell, J. Padgett
パウエル, パジェット
Languages
English (114)
German (11)
Italian (5)
French (1)
Swedish (1)
Hebrew (1)
Multiple languages (1)
Dutch (1)
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