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. ...more

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The Old Wives' Tale

3.83 avg rating — 4,030 ratings — published 1908 — 176 editions
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How to Live on 24 Hours a Day

3.68 avg rating — 5,860 ratings — published 1908 — 504 editions
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Anna of the Five Towns

3.66 avg rating — 1,236 ratings — published 1902 — 135 editions
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The Grand Babylon Hotel

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3.43 avg rating — 844 ratings — published 1902 — 172 editions
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The Card: A Story of Advent...

3.86 avg rating — 521 ratings — published 1911 — 125 editions
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Clayhanger

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4.01 avg rating — 395 ratings — published 1910 — 104 editions
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The Human Machine

3.83 avg rating — 276 ratings — published 1908 — 101 editions
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Riceyman Steps

3.86 avg rating — 309 ratings — published 1923 — 300 editions
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Buried Alive

3.72 avg rating — 397 ratings — published 1908 — 91 editions
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Mental Efficiency

3.46 avg rating — 238 ratings — published 1920 — 122 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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