Powers, J. F. (James Farl), 1917-1999

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James Farl Powers was a writer and novelist. One of his earliest stories, The Valiant Woman, received the O. Henry Award in 1947 while his first novel won 1963's National Book Award. Wheat that Springeth Green, Powers' fifth and final published work, was nominated for the National Book Award as well. Powers' religious upbringing and education provided him with subject matter that was the basis for several of his works: the interaction of clergy and the secular world. Born in central Illinois to Roman Catholic parents, Powers' early instruction came from Franciscan friars. Powers had no ambitions to serve in the church, similarly he opted not to serve in the military during World War II. As a conscientious objector, Powers spent more than a year in prison, but the experience served as the inspiration for "Prince of Darkness and Other Stories" (Contemporary Authors).

From the description of Henry Volkening collection of J.F. Powers 1930-1949. (Southern Illinois University). WorldCat record id: 276988782

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referencedIn Percy, Walker, 1916-1990. Walker Percy papers, 1910-1992. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
creatorOf Powers, J. F. (James Farl), 1917-. Typed letters signed (2) : Saratoga Springs, N.Y., to William Humphrey, 1949 Aug. 15 and 19. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Lowell, Robert, 1917-1977. Robert Lowell papers, 1861-1976 (inclusive) 1935-1970 (bulk). Houghton Library
referencedIn Shattuck, Charles Harlen, 1910-. Papers, 1942-1979. University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
referencedIn Walker Percy Papers, circa 1910-1992 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Library. Southern Historical Collection
creatorOf Brecht, Bertolt, 1898-1956,. Citations from Van Wyck Brooks, 1948. University of Pennsylvania Library
referencedIn New Directions Publishing Corp. records, 1932-2005 Houghton Library
referencedIn American Review records, 1967-1977 Bentley Historica Library University of Michigan
referencedIn New Yorker records, ca.1924-1984 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
creatorOf Lowell, Robert, 1917-1977. Papers, 1845-1988 (bulk 1970-1977). Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
creatorOf Powers, J. F. (James Farl), 1917-. Typed postcard signed : St. Paul, Minn., to Kerker Quinn, 1949 Apr. 5. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Yaddo records, 1870-1980 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
referencedIn Lehigh Valley Railroad Company records, 1870-1962. Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library.
creatorOf O'Faoláin, Seán, 1900-1991. Seán O'Faoláin papers, 1926-1969, undated. Boston College. John J. Burns Library
referencedIn Robert Lowell Papers TXRC94-A10., ca. 1845-1988, (bulk 1970-1977) Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
creatorOf Powers, J. F. (James Farl), 1917-1999. Henry Volkening collection of J.F. Powers 1930-1949. Southern Illinois University, Morris Library
referencedIn Robert Lowell papers, 1861-1976 (inclusive) 1935-1970 (bulk). Houghton Library
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associatedWith American Review corporateBody
associatedWith Brecht, Bertolt, 1898-1956, person
associatedWith Burden, Carter, person
associatedWith Humphrey, William. person
associatedWith Lehigh Valley Railroad Company. corporateBody
associatedWith Lowell, Robert, 1917-1977 person
correspondedWith New Directions Publishing Corp. corporateBody
correspondedWith New Yorker Magazine, Inc corporateBody
associatedWith O'Faoláin, Seán, 1900-1991. person
associatedWith Percy, Walker, 1916-1990. person
associatedWith Quinn, Kerker, person
correspondedWith Shattuck, Charles Harlen, 1910- person
associatedWith Volkening, Henry T. person
associatedWith Weston, Christine, 1904-1989. person
associatedWith Yaddo (Artist's colony) corporateBody
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Birth 1917-07-08

Death 1999-06-12

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