Many critics have labeled Powell’s twelve-novel cycle about Britain between the 1920s and the 1970s as one of the great English-language works of the twentieth century. Taking inspiration from the Nicolas Poussin painting A Dance to the Music of Time (1636), Powell created a mesmerizing history of Britain during this fifty- year period. We will read the book by Anthony Powell, Dance to the Music of Time: first movement (University of Chicago Press, 1995). He divided his cycle into four movements, each consisting of three novels; each novel is replete with vivid and often amusing recurring characters, whom a reader then accompanies on their life journeys. This spring we will study the three novels that comprise the first movement. Please join us for discussion of this first phase of Powell’s compelling and wonderful saga.