Arnold Bennett

Arnold Bennett was an English novelist and playwright. Born on May 27, 1867, in Hanley, Staffordshire, he became one of the most popular and prolific authors of his time. His work is characterized by a detailed and realistic portrayal of the lives of ordinary people, particularly those living in the 'Five Towns,' which were the industrial pottery-making cities of his native Staffordshire. Bennett's notable works include 'The Old Wives' Tale,' 'Anna of the Five Towns,' and 'Clayhanger.' He died on March 27, 1931.


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  1. 1. The Old Wives' Tale

    This novel explores the lives of two sisters, Constance and Sophia Baines, who are brought up in a small town drapery shop in the mid-19th century. Constance remains in their hometown, marries and leads a relatively uneventful life, while Sophia elopes to Paris with a traveling salesman, living through the Siege of Paris and the Franco-Prussian War. The book contrasts the sisters' different experiences and how their choices shape their lives, ultimately reuniting them in their old age.

  2. 2. Riceyman Steps

    "Riceyman Steps" is a captivating novel that delves into the life of Henry Earlforward, a middle-aged bookseller who becomes obsessed with money and order. Set in early 20th century London, the story follows Henry as he navigates his deteriorating health, complex relationships, and the challenges of running his bookshop. As the narrative unfolds, the reader is drawn into a world of intricate characters and moral dilemmas, exploring themes of greed, love, and the pursuit of happiness.