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During their lifetimes H. G. Wells and Arnold Bennett achieved a public fame of a
kind that has been no other English novelist's before or since. They would not
have had it had they not been novelists in the first place, and yet the nature of the
For Bennett, the Potteries were neither new nor frightening; they were the
perfectly familiar: home. Bennett's scene, as he realized himself, was fresh
material for English fiction. It was in every way ugly, and yet however
unpromising the ...
The story is set firmly in terms of Methodism, the faith Bennett was brought up in
and which he early abandoned without much sympathy for it. But he treats it with
absolute fairness: Methodism was an integral part of the community in which his ...
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Remember when literary critics read books and wrote about them? No? Well, I do now. He got a few things wrong - what did these people ever see in H.G. Wells? In Meredith? That they should be put next ... Read full review
The Eighteenth Century
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