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These Twain (Clayhanger) [Paperback]

Arnold Bennett
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12 Jan 2008 Clayhanger (Book 3)
In Clayhanger and Hilda Lessways, Bennett followed the development of a relationship from two very different perspectives. He now draws these together in a finale that sees the two young protagonists embarking upon married life. One might expect a fairy tale romance, but both Edwin and Hilda are extremely strong-willed, and this clash of personalities makes for a marriage that often hovers on the brink of failure. This concluding volume of the Clayhanger trilogy contains some of Bennett's very finest work, depicting superb scenes from provincial life and painting a powerful picture of the conflict of wills in an inharmonious marriage.

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  • Paperback: 350 pages
  • Publisher: House of Stratus; New Edition edition (12 Jan 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755116038
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755116034
  • Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 15.4 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 228,410 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Arnold Bennett was a playwright, essayist, critic and journalist. Born in Hanley, Stoke on Trent, and the eldest child of a pawnbroker who had bettered himself and become a solicitor. He became a solicitors clerk at frist in his father's office, and from 1889 in London. He joined the staff of Woman magazine and later became editor. His first novel to be published, A Man From the North appeared in 1898. He went on to write is famous Five Towns Novels, but never returned to the Potteries of his birth. He died on 27 March 1931 from typhoid shortly after a visit to France. His ashes are buried in the cemetery at Burslem, Stoke on Trent. His grandson, Denis Eldin, is the President of the Society and lives in Paris. The Society have just published "Punch & Judy" Arnold Bennett and Silent Cinema, with an introduction by John Shapcott, Keele University - further details on our website at

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Bennett writes magnificently of the little movements of the spirit in its daily routine --Margaret Drabble

About the Author

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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Third of the Clayhanger series. 16 Feb 2012
By Frankie
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I read this many years ago and it is strange how I remembered it. I have far more understanding of both the main characters now, viewed after many years of experience myself. I feel I understand Hilda better now than I did then, when I really didn't like her at all.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An intriguing trilogy 8 Jun 2009
I'm so glad I have read all three books of the Clayhanger trilogy. In the first one called Clayhanger I was astonished when Arnold Bennett let Edwin get heartbroken and just had to stop reading at the end of that section, in order to read the second book, Hilda Lessways, to try and understand more of Hilda's unusual (for those days) character, and then I could easily finish the first book. By then, I was completely intrigued and had to find out how Edwin and Hilda survived, and so the last book These Twain beautifully completed their story; I love Bennett's insightful portrayal of marriage.
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1.0 out of 5 stars I simply couldn't read this format 29 Mar 2013
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Having just read Clayhanger & Hilda Lessways (both in free editions), I was looking forward to reading the third in the series. Sadly, the text in this version was centre justified and I found it impossible to read, so I'm about to invest in another version.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fine portrait of married life 9 Dec 2012
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this novel is not highly rated. BUt I enjoyed it enormously, It is a very sympathetic portrait of the ups and downs in any relationship, and I found bo the main protagonists very close to my view of marriage.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Culmination and consumation 23 Aug 2012
By GrannyM
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Well this is a very powerful novel showing the life together of Edwin and Hilda, and the steady rise in fortunes. However I didn't find Hilda's character development convincing, or likable. In fact when Edwin internally ranted I was hoping he'd have the guts to throw her out on her ear, and hated his rationalizations which meant that he just cow towed to her every demand however outrageous.This wasn't early women's lib it was life as a manipulative parasite. Oh how I hated her.She should have stuck with her lover and maybe Edwin would have married the much more stable and delectable Janet.Such is life and the novel certainly involved me in the marriage!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love this book... 14 May 2012
By Mrs T
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I am trying to read as many Arnold Bennett books as possible. I really like books that go through years and years of the life of the characters. The book gives a really good impression of what life was like over 100 years ago in Stoke-on-Trent...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another good read 15 July 2011
My wife is currently reading this, the third part of the Clayhanger trilogy. She finds it absolutely engrossing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars These Twain - December 2010 28 Dec 2010
By Spouse
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My wife wanted this sequel in the Clayhanger Trilogy, having read and enjoyed my old Penguin Classics version of Clayhanger. The book arrived promptly in good condition and offers larger more readable typeface than the old-style PCs paperbacks. Well done.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another good story from A Bennett
Superb tale of a well matched couple, which describes the ups and downs of a marriage in a very interesting and satisfactory way. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mr. Robert I. Porter
5.0 out of 5 stars Last instalment in Clayhanger Trilogy
Satisfying conclusion to the story of the Edwin Clayhanger / Hilda Lessing Five Towns trilogy. Bennett writes with rare insight into both sides of a marriage. Read more
Published 5 months ago by lejink
5.0 out of 5 stars Clayhanger 3
Now Hilda and Edwin are married. Sweet happiness? Don't you believe it! With the characters of 'these twain' you can well expect more conflict, more dramatic situations and you get... Read more
Published 11 months ago by aismorienne
4.0 out of 5 stars Bennett
Not his best book in my opinion but reflects the era and the potteries area really well The female character Hilda though is not typical of the era and it is hard to like her... Read more
Published 12 months ago by d.e.elliott
5.0 out of 5 stars loved all four books in the trilogy !!
Once you've read 'clay hanger' you want to stay with this group of people and follow them further. Great story which is a history of the time too.
Published 13 months ago by Mr. E. Dierl
5.0 out of 5 stars These Twain
Another excellent Arnold Bennett story - part of a trilogy which is in fact four books, not three. His writing is very atmospheric.
Published 18 months ago by Avril Allan
5.0 out of 5 stars A Life of Service
This is the second part of the "Clayhanger" trilogy. If you enjoy Arnold Bennett you will enjoy this. Read more
Published on 3 Oct 2011 by Marham
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