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The Old Wives' Tale (1908) by: Arnold Bennett. ( NOVEL )

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The Society was founded in 1954 "to promote the study and appreciation of the life, works and times not only of Arnold Bennett himself but also of other provincial writers, with particular relationship to North Staffordshire". In 2021 its president was Denis Eldin, Bennett's grandson; among the vice-presidents was Margaret Drabble. [145] Sophia and Constance: BBC 1988 – six-part dramatisation of The Old Wives' Tale by John Harvey, with Lynsey Beauchamp, Katy Behean and Patricia Routledge

During a holiday in France with Dorothy in January 1931, Bennett twice drank tap-water – not, at the time, a safe thing to do there. [83] On his return home he was taken ill; influenza was diagnosed at first, but the illness was typhoid fever; after several weeks of unsuccessful treatment he died in his flat at Chiltern Court on 27 March 1931, aged 63. [66] [n 12] In 2006 Koenigsberger commented that one reason why Bennett's novels had been sidelined, apart from "the exponents of modernism who recoiled from his democratising aesthetic programme", was his attitude to gender. His books include the pronouncements "the average man has more intellectual power than the average woman" and "women as a sex love to be dominated"; Koenigsberger nevertheless praises Bennett's "sensitive and oft-praised portrayals of female figures in his fiction". [87] Don Juan de Maraña libretto for four-act opera, based on his 1923 play, music by Goossens. Libretto completed in 1931; opera premiered ( Covent Garden) 1937 Bennett never lost his journalistic instincts, and throughout his life sought and responded to newspaper and magazine commissions with varying degrees of enthusiasm: "from the start of the 1890s right up to the week of his death there would never be a period when he was not churning out copy for newspapers and magazines". [128] In a journal entry at the end of 1908, for instance, he noted that he had written "over sixty newspaper articles" that year; [129] in 1910 the figure was "probably about 80 other articles". While living in Paris he was a regular contributor to T. P.'s Weekly; later he reviewed for The New Age under the pseudonym Jacob Tonson and was associated with the New Statesman as not only a writer but also a director. [130] Journals [ edit ]Es a partir de aquí que toda su coartada cae a punto tal de que hasta es enjuiciado. El final lo dejo para quien quiera leer esta excelente novela del desconocido Enoch A. Bennett, escritor inglés que escribió “Enterrado en vida” en 1908 y fue descubierto (cuando no) por Jorge Luis Borges, amante de la literatura inglesa incluyendo la novela en su colección “Biblioteca Personal” editada en 1985. The Woman who Stole Everything; A Place in Venice; The Toreador; Middle-aged; The Umbrella; House to Let; Claribel; Time to think; One of their Quarrels Polite Farces for the Drawing Room (contains The Stepmother, A Good Woman and A Question of Sex) 1899 Bennett is remembered chiefly for his novels and short stories. The best known are set in, or feature people from, the six towns of the Potteries of his youth. He presented the region as "the Five Towns", which correspond closely with their originals: the real-life Burslem, Hanley, Longton, Stoke and Tunstall become Bennett's Bursley, Hanbridge, Longshaw, Knype and Turnhill. [91] [n 13] These "Five Towns" make their first appearance in Bennett's fiction in Anna of the Five Towns (1902) and are the setting for further novels including Leonora (1903), Whom God Hath Joined (1906), The Old Wives' Tale (1908) and the Clayhanger trilogy – Clayhanger (1910), Hilda Lessways (1911) and These Twain (1916) – as well as for dozens of short stories. Bennett's fiction portrays the Five Towns with what The Oxford Companion to English Literature calls "an ironic but affectionate detachment, describing provincial life and culture in documentary detail, and creating many memorable characters". [20] In later life Bennett said that the writer George Moore was "the father of all my Five Towns books" as it was reading Moore's 1885 novel A Mummer's Wife, set in the Potteries, that "opened my eyes to the romantic nature of the district I had blindly inhabited for over twenty years". [93] Thisimage istaken from the props loan book of 1991/2. Itshows how great was the attention to historical accuracy in this dramatized version of Bennett’s novel.

In 1896 Bennett was promoted to be editor of Woman; by then he had set his sights on a career as a full-time author, but he served as editor for four years. [3] During that time he wrote two popular books, described by the critic John Lucas as " pot-boilers": Journalism for Women (1898) and Polite Farces for the Drawing Room (1899). He also began work on a second novel, Anna of the Five Towns, the five towns being Bennett's lightly fictionalised version of the Staffordshire Potteries, where he grew up. [20] Freelance; Paris [ edit ] In a 1963 study of Bennett, James Hepburn summed up and dissented from the prevailing views of the novels, listing three related evaluative positions taken individually or together by almost all Bennett's critics: that his Five Towns novels are generally superior to his other work, that he and his art declined after The Old Wives' Tale or Clayhanger, and that there is a sharp and clear distinction between the good and bad novels. [137] Hepburn countered that one of the novels most frequently praised by literary critics is Riceyman Steps (1923) set in Clerkenwell, London, and dealing with material imagined rather than observed by the author. [138] [n 15] On the third point he commented that although received wisdom was that The Old Wives' Tale and Clayhanger are good and Sacred and Profane Love and Lillian are bad, there was little consensus about which other Bennett novels were good, bad or indifferent. [140] He instanced The Pretty Lady (1918), on which critical opinion ranged from "cheap and sensational"... "sentimental melodrama" to "a great novel". [141] Lucas (2004) considers it "a much underrated study of England during the war years, especially in its sensitive feeling for the destructive frenzy that underlay much apparently good-hearted patriotism". [3] Waiters who were trying to force them to depart by means of thought transference and uneasy hovering around their table."Not visible are some concerns about the possible health of the borrowed plant during the run of the play! It does, however, look as though the aspidistra survived the production since the final column (unseen in the photo) records its safe return after the final performance.

Watson, George; Ian R. Willison (1972). The New Cambridge Bibliography of English Literature, Volume 4. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-0-521-08535-9. Arnold Bennett’s] superb Old Wives’ Tale, wandering from person to person and from scene to scene, is by far the finest ‘long novel’ that has been written in English and in the English fashion, in this generation.’ A house of "perfect inconvenience" with lights that "were silently proving that man's ingenuity can outwit Nature" (i.e. night).


Selections from the complete journals, edited and selected by Frank Swinnerton, 1954 (revised edition, with additions, 1971) All of Europe mourned the loss of Priam Farll. It was hilarious watching Priam receive the tributes that poured in. For a few years, life is great! He meets Mrs. Alice Challice, a simple, kind, down-to-earth widow (Henry’s matched partner from a matrimonial agency) who knows nothing about art. He realizes for the first time that he is no longer missing out on the best things in life. I celebrated Priam’s new beginnings because he deserves to be happy. And Alice herself is pure delight. You have to meet her. Arnold Bennett Papers", JISC Archives Hub. Retrieved 18 April 2022; "Arnold Bennett collection", Yale University. Retrieved 18 April 2022; "Arnold Bennett collection of papers", New York Public Library. Retrieved 18 April 2022 Neil Dudgeon and Tim McInnerny star in this epic tale of money, passion and defiance, inspired by the 'Five Towns' novels of Arnold Bennett

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