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Author QuotedJames Farl Powers
Title QuotedMorte d'Urban
Date (Year/Month/Day)1962/09/20
Imprint[S.l.] : Doubleday. 1962
QuotationI finished the new Powers novel [Morte d'Urban] which got to me from the publisher, before publication. It is a masterly job, ruthless in the first half, gentler and more merciful in the second. The priest is an "operator," a narcissist of the first water, and there is no let up in his appalling mediocrity until suddenly in the second half he becomes human and, though he remains an operator, he gains a real dignity and comes out with a certain nobility. Something happened to Powers himself in creating his character, a sort of breakthrough of some sort, apparently "¦
JournalThe Road to Joy: Letters to New and Old Friends.; Edited by Robert E. Daggy. / [S.l.] : Flame. 1990, p. 242
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