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

Books By Bennett

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.  Further details http://arnoldbennettsociety.org.uk/books […]

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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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Who’s Who and Where’s Where in Arnold Bennett’s Five Towns

OUT OF STOCK This index is the result of an exercise undertaken by various members of the Arnold Bennett Society, who have carried out the research necessary to its compilation. The Society therefore wishes to acknowledge its gratitude to the following members, and hopes that these results of their labour will prove both interesting and […]

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Parallel Lives – Arnold Bennett & Frederick Marriott

Frederic Marriott & Arnold Bennett – Parallel Lives By John Shapcott – Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Keele and a Vice-President of the Arnold Bennett Society. This book tells of moments in Arnold Bennett’s life as seen through the eyes of his life-long friend Frederick Marriott.  Marriott wrote an affectionate and amusing memoir […]

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2019 Conference Proceedings – Arnold Bennett’s Non-Fiction

    Proceedings of the Arnold Bennett Society Annual Conference 2019   ARNOLD BENNETT’S NON-FICTION   CONTENTS: Catherine Burgass, The Five Towns in Fact; Fred Hughes, Lost and Found on a Roman Road; Leslie Powner, Paris Nights; Alan Pedley, Arnold Bennett and Andre Gide; Martin Laux, The Story of Arnold Bennett’s Introductions; Paul Jordan, Literary […]

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2018 Conference Papers Bennett and the World of Entertainment

Bennett and the World of Entertainment Conference Papers 6 June 2018  North Staffs Conference Centre Available from the Society – email arnoldbennettscty@btinternet.com

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2017 Conference Papers: The Many Lives of Arnold Bennett: A Celebration

The 2017 Conference papers can be obtained from arnoldbennettscty@btinternet.com Cost £8.00 each plus postage    

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2016 Conference Papers: Arnold Bennett: Friends and Acquaintances

The papers include:- Bennett and the Meaning of Friendship Eden Phillpotts: Arnold Bennett’s Friend and Early Role Model The Henry Dairy Letters: Arnold Bennett in Paris, 1903 – 1907 The Relationship between Arnold Bennett and Pauline Smith Arnold Bennett and Harriet Cohen Frank Swinnerton and Arnold Bennett: Parallel Lives “And He wanted My Advice”: Arnold […]

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2015 Conference Papers: Arnold Bennett Abroad

The papers include: Don Juan de Marana: Bennett’s Place in the European Literary Tradition The Potters’ Wakes: The Romance of Holidays in Bennett’s Five Towns Bennett and the Contemporary Japanese Reader Bennett’s German Excursion Arnold Bennett, Russia and the Russians Home Thoughts from Abroad: The impact of Bennett’s Eight Year sojourn in France on his […]

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2014 Conference Papers: Death, Fire, Life: Arnold Bennett’s Short Stories

7 June 2014 Conference – North Staffs Conference Centre, Hartshill Papers include: His Worship the Goose Driver ‘Life, Death and Fire: death scenes in Bennett’s short stoires’ Bennett & Maupassant ‘I don’t know what they are worth, I only know they ain’t literature, the value of Arnold Bennett’s short stories’ ‘Raiders of the Lost Archives: […]

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