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Books and Persons Being Comments on a Past Epoch 1908-1911   By: (1867-1931)

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Books and Persons

BEING COMMENTS ON A PAST EPOCH 1908 1911 BY ARNOLD BENNETT

LONDON Chatto & Windus 1917

WORKS BY THE SAME AUTHOR

NOVELS

A MAN FROM THE NORTH ANNA OF THE FIVE TOWNS LEONORA A GREAT MAN SACRED AND PROFANE LOVE WHOM GOD HATH JOINED BURIED ALIVE THE OLD WIVES' TALE THE GLIMPSE HELEN WITH THE HIGH HAND CLAYHANGER HILDA LESSWAYS THE CARD THE REGENT THE PRICE OF LOVE THESE TWAIN THE LION'S SHARE

FANTASIAS

THE GRAND BABYLON HOTEL THE GATES OF WRATH TERESA OF WATLING STREET THE LOOT OF CITIES HUGO THE GHOST THE CITY OF PLEASURE

SHORT STORIES

TALES OF THE FIVE TOWNS THE GRIM SMILE OF THE FIVE TOWNS THE MATADOR OF THE FIVE TOWNS

BELLES LETTRES

JOURNALISM FOR WOMEN FAME AND FICTION HOW TO BECOME AN AUTHOR THE TRUTH ABOUT AN AUTHOR MENTAL EFFICIENCY HOW TO LIVE ON TWENTY FOUR HOURS A DAY THE HUMAN MACHINE LITERARY TASTE FRIENDSHIP AND HAPPINESS THOSE UNITED STATES PARIS NIGHTS MARRIED LIFE LIBERTY OVER THERE: WAR SCENES THE AUTHOR'S CRAFT

DRAMA

POLITE FARCES CUPID AND COMMONSENSE WHAT THE PUBLIC WANTS THE HONEYMOON THE GREAT ADVENTURE MILESTONES. ( In Collaboration with Edward Knoblock )

( In Collaboration with Eden Phillpotts )

THE SINEWS OF WAR: A ROMANCE THE STATUE: A ROMANCE

Books and Persons

BEING COMMENTS ON A PAST EPOCH 1908 1911 BY ARNOLD BENNETT

LONDON Chatto & Windus 1917

First published June 1917 Second Impression Aug. 1917

PRINTED AT THE COMPLETE PRESS WEST NORWOOD LONDON

TO HUGH WALPOLE

PREFATORY NOTE

The contents of this book have been chosen from a series of weekly articles which enlivened the New Age during the years 1908, 1909, 1910, and 1911, under the pseudonym "Jacob Tonson." The man responsible for the republication is the dedicatee, who, having mysteriously demanded from me back numbers of the New Age , sat in my house one Sunday afternoon and in four hours read through the entire series. He then announced that he had made a judicious selection, and that the selection must positively be issued in volume form. Mr. Frank Swinnerton approved the selection and added to it slightly. In my turn I suggested a few more additions. The total amounts to one third of the original matter. Beyond correcting misprints, softening the crudity of several epithets, and censoring lines here and there which might give offence without helping the sacred cause, I have not altered the articles. They appear as they were journalistically written in Paris, London, Switzerland, and the Forest of Fontainebleau. In particular I have left the critical judgments alone, for the good reason that I stand by nearly all of them, though perhaps with a less challenging vivacity, to this day.

ARNOLD BENNETT

February 1917

CONTENTS

1908

WILFRED WHITTEN'S PROSE 3 UGLINESS IN FICTION 8 LETTERS OF QUEEN VICTORIA 11 FRENCH PUBLISHERS 16 WORDSWORTH'S SINGLE LINES 18 NOVELISTS AND AGENTS 22 THE NOVEL OF THE SEASON 26 GERMAN EXPANSION 30 THE BOOK BUYER 32 JOSEPH CONRAD AND THE ATHENÆUM 36 THE PROFESSORS 41 MRS. HUMPHRY WARD'S HEROINES 47 W.W. JACOBS AND ARISTOPHANES 53 KENNETH GRAHAME 57 ANATOLE FRANCE 59 INTIMATIONS OF IMMORTALITY 63 MALLARMÉ, BAZIN, SWINBURNE 65 THE RUINED SEASON 68

1909

"ECCE HOMO" 77 HENRY OSPOVAT 79 FRENCH AND BRITISH ACADEMIES 81 POE AND THE SHORT STORY 84 MIDDLE CLASS 88 THE POTENTIAL PUBLIC 101 H.G. WELLS 109 TCHEHKOFF 117 THE SURREY LABOURER 120 SWINBURNE 123 THE SEVENPENNIES 130 MEREDITH 134 ST... Continue reading book >>




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