Hilda Lessways Paperback – 13 Jul 2007
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Bennett writes magnificently of the little movements of the spirit in its daily routine --Margaret Drabble --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
About the Author
Enoch Arnold Bennett, the son of a solicitor, was born in Hanley, Staffordshire in 1867. He was educated locally and at London University, before working initially as a solicitor's clerk, but 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 and some of his best and most enduring and acclaimed work, including 'Anna of the Five Towns', 'The Old Wives' Tale', 'Clayhanger', 'The Card' and 'Hilda Lessways' followed over the next twelve years. Soon after the outbreak of the First World War, Bennett was invited to join the War Propaganda Bureau, concerned with finding ways of best promoting Britain's interests. He was in good company, as others who contributed to this effort included Conan Doyle, John Masefield, G. K. Chesterton, Sir Henry Newbolt, John Galsworthy, Thomas Hardy, Rudyard Kipling, Gilbert Parker, G. M. Trevelyan and H. G. Wells. Bernard Shaw knew nothing of the Bureau, but attacked what he believed to be jingoistic articles and poems being produced by British writers. Bennett was the one chosen to defend their actions. He served on a War Memorial Committee at the invitation of the then Minister of Information, Lord Beaverbrook, and was also appointed director of British propaganda in France. His spells in Paris added to his reputation as a man of cosmopolitan and discerning tastes. After the War he inevitably returned to writing novels and also became a director of the 'New Statesman'. 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'. Arnold Bennett died in 1931. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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As well as the free download I also had an old paperback, with Janet Suzman on the cover, from the 1976 TV series (which I didn’t see). Ann odd choice, not because her looks are wrong – they strike me a spot on – but because she looks (and was) much too old, being 37 at the time.
"As in CLAYHANGER Bennett, in Walter Allen's words, `follows the grain of life'. Hilda, in her guilt at having failed her mother, in her relationship with Cannon, in her growing fascination for young Clayhanger, in the reality of her hopes and tragedies, is one of Bennett's most living heroines."
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I love Arnold Bennett as an author and once you submerge yourself in this time warp the characters live, breath and sometimes irritate! A true hallmark of suspending disbelief.Published 7 months ago by Moseley
My first intro to Arnold Bennett...now I'll read more as so enjoyed this one. Wish I started at the first clay hanger novelPublished 18 months ago by sharon
I spent a while immersing myself in everything Bennett had written available on Kindle. Brilliant attention to detail without being boringPublished 21 months ago by Lesley
I have read and enjoyed several Arnold Bennett books in a short time. They are quite old books and give a good idea of life in small Midlands towns at the turn of the century. Read morePublished 22 months ago by A & J
After 'Clayhanger' it is essential to find out why Hilda turned her back on Edwin. This is how we find out.Published on 27 Jun. 2014 by Mr. Robert I. Porter
Wasn't sure I wanted to read this as had enjoyed 'clay hanger' so much but was hooked on the first page. A great story.Published on 8 July 2013 by Mr. E. Dierl
Had read Clayhanger so this is part of that series. Will enjoy if you like Bennett's work. Hilda is a rather unsympathetic character compared to Clayhanger himself.Published on 8 May 2013 by LilyB