Arnold Bennett


Born
in Hanley, Staffordshire, The United Kingdom
May 27, 1867

Died
March 27, 1931

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Guy de Maupassant; Emile Zola


Enoch Arnold Bennett (always known as Arnold Bennett) was one of the most remarkable literary figures of his time, a product of the English Potteries that he made famous as the Five Towns. Yet he could hardly wait to escape his home town, and he did so by the sheer force of his ambition to succeed as an author. In his time he turned his hand to every kind of writing, but he will be remembered for such novels as The Old Wives' Tale, the Clayhanger trilogy (Clayhanger, Hilda Lessways, and These Twain), and The Card. He also wrote such intriguing self-improvement books as Literary Taste, How To Live on 24 Hours a Day, The Human Machine, etc.

Average rating: 3.7 · 14,790 ratings · 1,647 reviews · 327 distinct worksSimilar authors
The Old Wives' Tale

3.83 avg rating — 3,877 ratings — published 1908 — 156 editions
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How to Live on 24 Hours a Day

3.66 avg rating — 4,627 ratings — published 1908 — 400 editions
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Anna of the Five Towns

3.64 avg rating — 1,135 ratings — published 1902 — 125 editions
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The Grand Babylon Hotel

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3.43 avg rating — 678 ratings — published 1902 — 148 editions
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The Card: A Story of Advent...

3.86 avg rating — 445 ratings — published 1911 — 2 editions
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Clayhanger

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4.03 avg rating — 346 ratings — published 1910 — 99 editions
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The Human Machine

3.80 avg rating — 238 ratings — published 1908 — 75 editions
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Riceyman Steps

3.85 avg rating — 224 ratings — published 1923 — 117 editions
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Buried Alive

3.64 avg rating — 308 ratings — published 1908 — 81 editions
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Hilda Lessways

3.88 avg rating — 164 ratings — published 1911 — 26 editions
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A Man from the North Anna of the Five Towns Tales of the Five Towns The Grim Smile of the Five ... The Old Wives' Tale Clayhanger The Card: A Story of Advent...
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“The chief beauty about time
is that you cannot waste it in advance.
The next year, the next day, the next hour are lying ready for you,
as perfect, as unspoiled,
as if you had never wasted or misapplied
a single moment in all your life.
You can turn over a new leaf every hour
if you choose.”
Arnold Bennett

“The proper, wise balancing of one's whole life may depend upon the feasibility of a cup of tea at an unusual hour.”
Arnold Bennett, How to Live on 24 Hours a Day
tags: tea, time

“Any change, even a change for the better is always accompanied by drawbacks and discomforts.”
Arnold Bennett

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