Arnold Bennett

“The gain in self-confidence of having accomplished a tiresome labour is immense.”
– Arnold Bennett

About Arnold Bennett

Popular British novelist Arnold Bennett wrote more than 30 well-received novels, including The Old Wives Tale, the fictional life story of two sisters. He was born in 1867 in Hanley, in the heart of the six Staffordshire towns known as the Potteries. Although he left as an adult, settling in London and then Paris, he set much of his fiction in his birthplace, giving the novels a gritty realist texture. He died in 1931.


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  1. Had he written only the novels he would have done enough to be remembered as a successful writer. But his range of writing covered everything from literary reviews, plays, journalism and self-help books. Although no longer fashionable his books are still worth reading if only for the way in which his generous personality shines through his writing.


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