The Powell Papers

Mr. Powell's employer thought that money was to be made in that line, and finding his clerk possessed of tact and capacity for the business, made him his confidential agent in the buying and selling of stocks, giving him the use of his ...

The Powell Papers

In 1849—months before the term “confidence man” was coined to identify a New York crook—Thomas Powell (1809–1887), a spherical, monocled, English poetaster, dramatist, journalist, embezzler, and forger, landed in Manhattan. Powell in London had capped a career of grand theft and literary peccadilloes by feigning a suicide attempt and having himself committed to a madhouse, after which he fled England. He had been an intimate of William Wordsworth, Elizabeth Barrett, Robert Browning, Charles Dickens, and a crowd of lesser literary folk. Thoughtfully bearing what he presented as a volume of Tennyson with a few trifling revisions in the hand of the poet, Powell was embraced by the slavishly Anglophile New York literary establishment, including a young Herman Melville. In two pot-boilers—The Living Authors of England (1849) and The Living Authors of America (1850)—Powell denounced the most revered American author, Washington Irving, for plagiarism; provoked Charles Dickens to vengeful trans-Atlantic outrage and then panic; and capped his insolence by identified Irving and Melville as the two worst “enemies of the American mind.” For almost four more decades he sniped at Dickens, put words in Melville’s mouth, and survived even the most conscientious efforts to expose him. Long fascinated by this incorrigible rogue, Hershel Parker in The Powell Papers uses a few familiar documents and a mass of freshly discovered material (including a devastating portrait of Powell in a serialized novel) to unfold a captivating tale of skullduggery through the words of great artists and then-admired journalists alike.

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The Powell Papers
Language: en
Pages: 343
Authors: Hershel Parker
Categories: Literary Collections
Type: BOOK - Published: 2011 - Publisher: Northwestern University Press

In 1849—months before the term “confidence man” was coined to identify a New York crook—Thomas Powell (1809–1887), a spherical, monocled, English poetaster, dramatist, journalist, embezzler, and forger, landed in Manhattan. Powell in London had capped a career of grand theft and literary peccadilloes by feigning a suicide attempt and having
The Powell Family
Language: en
Pages: 200
Authors: Hershel Parker
Categories: Literary Collections
Type: BOOK - Published: 2007-06-01 - Publisher: Lulu.com

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Language: en
Pages: 416
Authors: Jeffrey J. Matthews
Categories: Biography & Autobiography
Type: BOOK - Published: 2019-03-15 - Publisher: University of Notre Dame Pess

For the past three decades, Colin Powell has been among America’s most trusted and admired leaders. This biography demonstrates that Powell’s decades-long development as an exemplary subordinate is crucial to understanding his astonishing rise from a working-class immigrant neighborhood to the highest echelons of military and political power. Once an
Life of Propriety
Language: en
Pages: 352
Authors: Katherine M.J. McKenna
Categories: History
Type: BOOK - Published: 1994-05-19 - Publisher: McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP

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Labor in the Modern South
Language: en
Pages: 232
Authors: Glenn T. Eskew
Categories: History
Type: BOOK - Published: 2001 - Publisher: University of Georgia Press

Embracing but moving beyond the traditional concerns of labor history, these nine original essays give a voice to workers underrepresented in the scholarship on labor in the twentieth-century South. Covering locales as diverse as Atlanta, Richmond, Tampa, and Houston, the essays encompass issues related to the specialized jobs of building