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Powell, Padgett

Works: 34 works in 159 publications in 10 languages and 6,841 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Juvenile works  Adventure stories  Criticism, interpretation, etc  History  Parodies, imitations, etc  Domestic fiction  Humorous stories  Experimental fiction  Political fiction 
Roles: Author
Classifications: PS1305, 813.4
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Edisto : a novel by Padgett Powell( Book )
34 editions published between 1982 and 2014 in 9 languages and held by 1,402 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 )
27 editions published between 2009 and 2014 in 6 languages and held by 843 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
Mrs. Hollingsworth's men by Padgett Powell( Book )
5 editions published between 2000 and 2002 in English and held by 692 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
You & me : a novel by Padgett Powell( Book )
6 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 691 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.""--
Edisto revisited : a novel by Padgett Powell( Book )
13 editions published between 1996 and 2014 in English and German and held by 572 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 )
12 editions published between 1987 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 554 libraries worldwide
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 )
7 editions published between 1991 and 1992 in English and held by 437 libraries worldwide
Aliens of affection : stories by Padgett Powell( Book )
11 editions published between 1997 and 2014 in English and German and held by 371 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 123 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 )
6 editions published between 2011 and 2013 in English and held by 111 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.'
Falling in love ( file )
1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 40 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 : an authoritative text, backgrounds and sources, criticism by Mark Twain( Book )
4 editions published between 1997 and 2014 in English and held by 34 libraries worldwide
The adventure of a lifetime Tom Sawyeras pal Huck Finn finds himself on the run, floating down the Mississippi with Jim, a runaway slave. With rich description as well as sharp satire, Twain vividly recreates the world he knew as a child
You & me a novel by Padgett Powell( Sound Recording )
3 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 19 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
Hologram : a novel by Padgett Powell( Book )
2 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 6 libraries worldwide
A phantasmagoric dream of a novel, exploring the mind of a housewife enamored of historical personages, twisted love stories, and strange conspiraciesMrs. 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
Typical : stories by Padgett Powell( Book )
3 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 5 libraries worldwide
Cover; Title Page; Copyright; Dedication; Epigraph; Typical; Letter From a Dogfighter''s Aunt, Deceased; Mr. Irony; Mr. Irony Renounces Irony; The Modern Italian; Dr. Ordinary; General Rancidity; Mr. Nefarious; Mr. Desultory; Nonprofit; Miss Resignation; Flood; Kansas; Texas; Proposition; South Carolina; Florida; Wait; Wayne''s Fate; Fear and Infinitude; Labove and Son; Mr. & Mrs. Elliot and Cleveland; The Winnowing of Mrs. Schuping; About the Author
Cries for help, various by Padgett Powell( Book )
in English and held by 4 libraries worldwide
Padgett Powell by Padgett Powell( Book )
in Undetermined and held by 2 libraries worldwide
Edisto ; and, edisto revisited by Padgett Powell( file )
1 edition published in 2013 in English and held by 0 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 & rsquo;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 & mdash;it may be burnt, brown, and dead wherever he goes
5 stories and a piece of you & me by Padgett Powell( file )
1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 0 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
The imperative mood by Padgett Powell( file )
1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 0 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
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Alternative Names
Padgett Powell Novelist, short story writer
Powell, J. Padgett
パウエル, パジェット
English (117)
German (17)
Italian (5)
French (3)
Dutch (1)
Swedish (1)
Hebrew (1)
Spanish (1)
Multiple languages (1)
Finnish (1)
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