The study and appreciation of the life, works and times of Arnold Bennett

Books

{Piccadilly – Edited by John Shapcott

The German fit director E. A Dupont’s film version of Arnold Bennett’s Piccadilly was released in 1929 to critical acclaim.  Today it is recognised as one of the last great silent movies.  John Shapcott’s critical edition of the novel on which the film is based explores the intertwining of book and film to asses Bennett’s place as a novelist in cinema history. 

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An Arnold Bennett Companion – Edited by John Shapcott

The Arnold Bennet Companion is the first critical overview of Bennett’s on-going significance as a figure of critical important for twenty-first century literary studies and debates.  The 14 in-depth chapters consider Bennett’s work in relation to such issues as literary aesthetic theories, political and cultural movements and practices, book design, cinema, religion, warfare, censorship, self-help, […]

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The Wedding Dress – Edited by John Shapcott

The story behind the first publication of Arnold Bennett’s film scenario, and subsequent novel, The Wedding Dress, has its origins quite literally in a romance of the archive.  Writing about the fictional portrayal of literary archives in Romance of the Archive in Contemporary British Fiction (2001), Suzanne Keene warns that whilst ‘all romances of the archives have […]

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2005 Conference Papers: Arnold Bennett and The Idea of the Feminine

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2006 Conference Papers: Bennett and his Contemporaries Write the Town and the City

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2007 Conference Papers: The Great War 1914-1918 and After: Bennett and his Contemporaries

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2008 Conference Papers: The Old Wives’ Tale

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2009 Conference Papers: Bennett & Wells: Their Friendship, Fiction & Films

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2010 Clayhanger

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2011 Conference Papers: The Card

The papers include: Denry’s aesthetic education: from The Card to The Regent. ‘Done up to the knocker, technically, right through’ H K Hales: The Read Card ‘He’s a rare ‘un, no mistake’: introducing The Card ‘The Card‘: A world of Interiors ‘He was the most admired type in the bustling industrial Provinces’: The production and […]

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