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Arnold Bennett: A Biography

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Title:Arnold Bennett: A Biography
Price:GBP£15.00 (about USD$18.80)
Book ID:B009-3554
Publisher:Weidenfeld & Nicolson, London, 1974
Edition:First Edition
Binding:Hardcover (Original Cloth)
Condition:Very Good Condition
Dust Jacket:Very Good
Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1974, Hardcover (Original Cloth), Book Condition: Very Good Condition, Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good, First Edition

Arnold Bennett was born in a street called Hope Street. A street less hopeful it would be hard to imagine.' So begins Margaret Drabble's biography of a man whose most famous achievement was to re-create, in such novels as The Old Wives' Tale and Clayhanger, the life, atmosphere and character of the 'Five Towns' region in which he was born and grew up. 'Amold Bennett' is a very personal book. 'What interests me', writes the author, 'is Bennert's background, his childhood and origins, for they are very similar to my own. My mother's family came from the Potteries, and the Bennett novels seem to me to portray a way of life that still existed when I was a child, and indeed persists in certain areas. My own attitudes to life and work were coloured by many of the same beliefs and rituals, though they were further in the past for me, but as Bennett knew all too well, they are attitudes that die hard. He might have been surprised to find how closely I identify with them after two or three generations of startling change. So like all books this has been partly an act of self-exploration.' After Bennett's death his popularity as well as his reputation declined. But today, over fifty years after his death, his novels and plays are coming back into their own in a revival of interest and appreciation which Margaret Drabble is among the first to welcome. Size: Large Octavo. 397 pages. Binding is tight, covers and spine fully intact. Dust Jacket is fully intact, no tears or chips, but carries signs of wear to top and bottom edges, corners etc. Dust Jacket un-clipped. Gilt titles spine. some scuffing to front end-paper, possibly from careful removal of an ownership label. red cloth; illustrated by b/w. photo's.. Includes bibliography, source notes & index. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: Under 1 kilogram. Category: Biography & Autobiography; Literature & Literary. ISBN: 029776733X. ISBN/EAN: 9780297767336. Pictures of this item not already displayed here available upon request. Inventory No: 3554.
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