POWELL, DAWN. [1931–1965] Midwestern-born novelist and playwright. Her diary details struggles with a difficult marriage, a handicapped child, and lack of financial security. Though she yearned for broader public recognition, she received it only after her death. Gore Vidal reportedly called her “America’s only satirist.” Published as The Diaries of Dawn Powell, 1931–1965. South Royalton, VT, Steerforth Press, South Royalton, 1995.