This site uses cookies to deliver our services, improve performance, for analytics, and (if not signed in) for advertising. By using LibraryThing you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your use of the site and services is subject to these policies and terms.
MembersReviewsPopularityRatingFavorited   Events   
89 (96)1152,984 (3.83)00
No events listed. (add an event)
You must log in to edit Common Knowledge data.
For more help see the Common Knowledge help page.
Canonical name
Legal name
Other names
Date of birth
Date of death
Burial location
Country (for map)
Place of death
Places of residence
Awards and honors
Short biography
Lady Violet Georgiana Pakenham was the youngest child of Brigadier-General Thomas Pakenham, 5th Earl of Longford, who was killed in World War I when she was a small child, and his wife Lady Mary Child-Villiers. Five of the 6 siblings became in the family became published authors. In London and at Pakenham Hall, their Irish home, they held parties for friends such as John Betjeman, Lord David Cecil, and Evelyn Waugh. Lady Violet was the first to receive a formal education. She attended St. Margaret's School and the London School of Economics. She worked as a journalist at the London Evening Standard with her sister Lady Mary Clive, and throughout her life continued to write reviews for national newspapers. In 1934, she married Anthony Powell, the novelist, with whom she had two children. In 1952, they moved to The Chantry, a Regency country house near Frome in Somerset, where Lady Violet could ride, hunt, play polo, and entertain fellow writers and friends. She became a distinguished biographer and memoirist. The first volume of her autobiography was Five Out of Six (1960), about her unusual childhood. She went on to publish biographies of Maude ffoulkes, the Victorian ghostwriter (A Substantial Ghost, 1967), the novelists Flora Annie Steel (1981), Margaret Kennedy (1983), and E.M. Delafield (1988). She also wrote a 1978 biography of her maternal grandmother, Margaret Child-Villiers, Countess of Jersey. She put together a compendium on Ivy Compton-Burnett in 1973 and on Jane Austen in 1993. Lady Violet and her husband supported and encouraged each other's work. In 1987, they collaborated more formally on the pictorial Album of Anthony Powell's Dance to the Music of Time, which Lady Violet edited.
Disambiguation notice

Member ratings

Average: (3.83)
2 2
3 5
4 1
4.5 1
5 6

Improve this author

Combine/separate works

Author division

Violet Powell is currently considered a "single author." If one or more works are by a distinct, homonymous authors, go ahead and split the author.


Violet Powell is composed of 5 names. You can examine and separate out names.

Combine with…


About | Contact | Privacy/Terms | Help/FAQs | Blog | Store | APIs | TinyCat | Legacy Libraries | Early Reviewers | Common Knowledge | 139,747,427 books! | Top bar: Always visible