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Additionally, I examine themes that Powell regularly revisits, such as that of newly arrived provincials in New York; their dreams and fierce determination to succeed despite all odds; material longing and consumerism; and the interrelationships among them. In discussing the two final novels I focus on Powell's plaint against the destruction of historic New York, placing her lament beside that of writers from Henry James and E. B. White to Roger Angell and Pete Hamill. Finally, in writing this dissertation I hope to shed new light on the works and to encourage future studies of Dawn Powell.