Arnold Bennett

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Arnold Bennett
BirthplaceHanley, Staffordshire, England

Bennett, Arnold

(Enoch Arnold Bennett), 1867–1931, English novelist and dramatist. One of the great 20th-century English novelists, Bennett is famous for his realistic novels about the "Five Towns," an imaginary manufacturing district in northern England. Bennett's early career included editing the fashionable magazine Woman and writing literary reviews and articles. About 1900 he began to devote himself industriously to his own work, producing a series of excellent regional novels. Influenced by the naturalismnaturalism,
in literature, an approach that proceeds from an analysis of reality in terms of natural forces, e.g., heredity, environment, physical drives. The chief literary theorist on naturalism was Émile Zola, who said in his essay Le Roman expérimental
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 of Zola, he depicted in great detail the grim, sometimes sordid, lives of shopkeepers and potters. His attitude toward his characters was one of affectionate sympathy, and he always managed to make their mundane lives interesting. Bennett's best work is contained in his novels of the "Five Towns," which include Anna of the Five Towns (1902), The Old Wives' Tale (1908), the trilogy Clayhanger (1910), Hilda Lessways (1911), and These Twain (1916). Bennett also achieved considerable success as a playwright, most notably with Milestones (1912), written with Edward Knoblock, and The Great Adventure (1913).


See his journal (3 vol., 1932–33); biography by M. Drabble (1974).

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Bennett, Arnold


Born May 27, 1867, in Hanley, Staffordshire; died Mar. 27, 1931, in London. English writer.

After graduating from the university, Bennett worked as a clerk and a jurist. His first story was published in 1895. In The Old Wives’ Tale (1908), a story of two sisters appears as a tragedy of inevitable aging. In the social novels of everyday life Anna of the Five Towns (1902), Clay hanger (1910), and its sequel Hilda Lessways (1911), Bennett realistically portrays a provincial region that is turning into an industrial center. The novel Lord Raingo (1926) is a satire on the nouveaux riches who made their fortune during World War I (1914–18). The author has also written plays and critical essays, including The Truth About an Author (1903) and “Literary Taste” (1909).


The Journals .... London, 1954.
The Grim Smile of the Five Towns. London, 1928.
Letters, vol. 1. London, 1966.
In Russian translation:
“Leonora.” Russkaia mysl’, 1913, NOS. 3–5.
Kar’era pisatelia. Moscow-Berlin, 1925.
Londonskie rasskazy. Petrograd, 1923.


Istoriia angliiskoi literatury, vol. 3. Moscow, 1958.
Davis, O. H. The Master. . . . London, [1966].
Barker, D. Writer by Trade. . . . London [1966].
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You will therefore experience a restlessness which will at first seem quite aimless, but will finally resolve itself in a conscious desire to change your profession, or go round the world, or conceal your identity and live in Putney, like Arnold Bennett's hero.
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At the same time, Jonathan's own poetry collection, Cassandra Complex, was shortlisted for the annual Arnold Bennett Prize.
A Adam Bennett B Charles Bennett C Thomas Bennett D Arnold Bennett 9.
1931: Arnold Bennett, novelist and writer (Clayhanger) died of typhoid after a visit to Paris.
A Thomas Hardy B George Meredith C Henry James D Arnold Bennett 6.
My wife opted for an omelette Arnold Bennett to kick off.
A colecao que discutimos traz uma variedade de textos curtos como: um discurso de Woolf lido para a Sociedade Nacional de Auxilio as Mulheres, uma introducao a um livro organizado pela Cooperativa de Trabalhadoras, criticas acerca de livros escritos sobre a escrita de autoria feminina, um artigo que nos apresenta a atriz Ellen Terry (que atuou em diversas pecas shakespearianas na Inglaterra), e ate mesmo uma troca de cartas entre Woolf e Desmond MacCarthy, critico que defende um livro de Arnold Bennett, intitulado Nossas mulheres: capitulos sobre a discordia entre os sexos, onde Bennet propunha que as mulheres eram intelectualmente inferiores aos homens.
(11) Both plays, The Earth by James Bernard Fagan and What the Public Wants by Arnold Bennett, portray this new figure in British society as brutal, brilliant, recently knighted yet, strangely for one who manipulates public opinion, unable to read people's thoughts and feelings in his private relationships.
"ANY change, even a change for the better, is always accompanied by drawbacks and discomforts." So said Arnold Bennett, the English novelist.
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