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Dawn Powell

  • 'Hermann is such a good husband,' went on Mrs. Bauer. 'I've never had a care. When we were first married it was the same. What, doing the supper dishes when you're so tired, he'd say! No, no, Hulda, he'd say, I won't have you worn out like that. You wait and do them in the morning, he'd say.'

  • 'He was a good husband. Always. If he had to go away on a trip he always said, 'Enjoy yourself, Hulda. Let things go. You can do them all when I get back.'

  • Satire is people as they are; romanticism, people as they would like to be; realism, people as they seem with their insides left out.

    • Dawn Powell,
    • in Richard Lingeman, "She Took a Village," The Nation ()
  • A writer's business is minding other people's business ... all the vices of the village gossip are the virtues of the writer.

    • Dawn Powell,
    • in Richard Lingeman, "She Took a Village," The Nation ()
  • I realize more and more how instinctively pessimistic I am of all human kindness — since I am always so bowled over by it — and am never surprised by injustice, malice or personal attack.

    • Dawn Powell,
    • 1933, in Richard Lingeman, "She Took a Village," The Nation ()

Dawn Powell, U.S. writer

(1896 - 1965)