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The Grim Smile Of The Five Towns

By: Arnold Bennett
Published By: Double9 Books
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"The Grim Smile of the Five Towns" by Arnold Bennett is a captivating novel that delves into the complexities of urban life and societal change during the industrial revolution in Staffordshire's Five Towns. As a cornerstone of British literature, Bennett's work offers a poignant social commentary, exploring themes of class conflict and ambition within the backdrop of a rapidly evolving industrial landscape. Through astute character studies and psychological insight, Bennett illuminates the aspirations and struggles of individuals navigating the challenges of urbanization and social mobility. Set against the grim realities of industrialization, the novel presents a compelling cultural critique, highlighting the tensions between tradition and progress, wealth and poverty. Bennett's skillful storytelling and keen observation of human nature make "The Grim Smile of the Five Towns" a timeless exploration of the human condition. With its richly drawn characters and evocative depiction of life in the Five Towns, the novel offers readers a thought-provoking journey through the complexities of society and the human spirit.

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Arnold Bennett

Arnold Bennett was born on May 27, 1867, in Hanley, Staffordshire, which is now part of Stoke-on-Trent but was previously a separate municipality. He was the eldest of three boys and three daughters born to Enoch Bennett (1843-1902) and Sarah Ann, nee Longson (1840-1914). Enoch Bennett's early career was marked by ups and downs: following an unsuccessful attempt to start a pottery manufacturing and sales firm, he established himself as a draper and pawnbroker in 1866. Four years later, Enoch's father died, leaving him some money with which he apprenticed at a local legal business; in 1876, he became a solicitor. The Bennetts were strong Wesleyans who enjoyed music, culture, and socializing. Bennett attended the Wedgwood Institute in Burslem from 1877 to 1882, and then attended a grammar school in Newcastle-under-Lyme for one year. He was good at Latin and better at French; he had an inspirational headmaster who instilled in him a lifelong love of French literature and the French language. He excelled intellectually and passed Cambridge University exams, which may have led to an Oxbridge degree, but his father had other ideas. Bennett left school in 1883 at the age of 16 and began unpaid work at his father's business. He split his time between unpleasant occupations, such as rent collection, during the day and preparing for exams in the evening.

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Product Details

  • Publisher: Double 9 Books
  • Publishing Year: 2024
  • Language: English
  • Paperback: 168 Pages
  • ISBN-10: 9362206455
  • ISBN-13: 9789362206459
  • Item Weight: 252g
  • Dimension: 216 x 140 x 9.60mm
  • Country of Origin: India
  • Age: 13+
  • Importer: Double 9 Books
  • Packer: Double 9 Books
  • Book Type: Fiction / Literary