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Arnold Bennett was born at Hanley , one of the six pottery towns - Bennett in his
fiction made them five , for the sake of euphony - that now make up the city of
Stoke - on - Trent . This is one of the oldest industrial conurbations of England .
In Anna of the Five Towns Bennett was writing more nearly at the tragic level than
ever he was to do later . His view of life was not tragic ; it was a stoical
acceptance of things as they are , a reluctant conformism . The great discovery of
Within the limits Bennett set himself - the limits are those of life conceived as
being wholly in time - The Old Wives ' Tale is almost unassailable . In the
Clayhanger novels Bennett was attempting something of a lower order of
creation and on a ...
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The Eighteenth Century
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