Arnold Bennett was a British author and journalist. Bennett was a prolific writer in many genres including his fascinating self-improvement books as well as classics in literature such as The Old Wives' Tale. Anna of the Five Towns is a classic novel about a young woman who is being raised by her controlling father and her struggle to gain independence from him.
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Enoch Arnold Bennett, the son of a solicitor, was born in Hanley, Staffordshire. At twenty-one, he moved to London, initially to work as a solicitor's clerk, but he soon turned to writing popular serial fiction and editing a women's magazine. After the publication of his first novel, A Man From the North in 1898, he became a professional writer. He moved to Paris and became a man of cosmopolitan and discerning tastes. Bennett's great reputation is built upon the success of his novels and short stories set in the Potteries, an area of north Staffordshire that he recreated as the 'Five Towns'. Anna of the Five Towns and The Old Wives' Tale show the influence of Flaubert, Maupassant and Balzac as Bennett describes provincial life in great detail. Arnold Bennett is an important link between the English novel and European realism. He wrote several plays and lighter works such as The Grand Babylon Hotel and The Card.
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Book Description Penguin Books, 1978. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 014000033X