Arnold Bennett Papers

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Arnold Bennett papers
Creator: Bennett, Arnold, 1867-1931
Call Number: D.13
Dates: 1909-1931
Physical Description: 1 box
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester

Table of Contents:

Biographical/Historical Note
Scope and Content
Subject(s)
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Access
Use
Citation
Content List
Collection Overview
Title: Arnold Bennett papers
Creator: Bennett, Arnold, 1867-1931
Call Number: D.13
Dates: 1909-1931
Physical Description: 1 box
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester

Biographical/Historical Note
Arnold Bennett (1867-1931) was born at Hanley, Staffordshire, England. His father was successively a potter, a schoolmaster, and a solicitor and pawnbroker. Arnold was educated in the local schools and in his father's office, in preparation for a law decree. At age twenty-one, he went to London, where he abandoned law for journalism. In 1893 he became assistant editor, and in 1396 editor Of tie weekly magazine Woman. He also contributed reviews and critical articles to the Academy. Bennett's first published novel was A Man From the North, 1898, which was followed in 1902 by Anna of the Five Towns and The Grand Babylon Hotel. He moved to Paris in 1902, where his novel The Old Wives' Tale was written in 1908. Bennett also began to write plays, alone, and in collaboration with Edward Knoblock. In 1912 he returned to England, where he lived the rest of his life. He continued to write novels, plays, essays, criticism, short stories and journalism, and enjoyed great critical and financial success. During the First World War, he became a public figure through his service on committees and through propaganda work. After the War, he contributed to the management of the Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith, where revivals of "The Beggar's Opera", "The Way of the World", and "The Importance of Being Ernest" were played. Bennett married Marguerite Soulié of Paris in 1907. They were separated in 1921, and the following year he met Miss Dorothy Cheston, an English actress. They lived together until his death in 1931, and had one daughter.

Biographical Information: Dictionary of National Biography, Pound--Arnold Bennett, D. C. Bennett--Arnold Bennett.

Scope and Content
The collection consists of correspondence, the manuscript of the play "Milestones", two manuscripts of essays published in the London Evening Standard, notes for the play "Mr. Prohack", and a binder of clippings about the run of "Milestones". The chief correspondents are Arnold Bennett, Edward Knoblock, and Max Meyerfeld. The Bennett-Knoblock correspondence concerns agreements and rights pertaining to "Milestones", the writing of two other plays, "London Life" and "Mr. Prohack," Knoblock's experiences in Hollywood, and their shared hobby of furniture buying. The Meyerfeld-Knoblock correspondence concerns the translation of "Milestones" into German. All letters are indexed.

Subject(s):
California--Los Angeles--Hollywood
Theater
Correspondence
Manuscripts
Bennett, Arnold, 1867-1931
Knoblock, Edward, 1874-1945
Dramatists, English
Authors, English
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Purchased on various funds, 1948-1951.Access
The Arnold Bennett papers is open for research use. Researchers are advised to contact Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation prior to visiting. Upon arrival, researchers will also be asked to fill out a registration form and provide photo identification.Use
Reproductions are made upon request but can be subject to restrictions. Permission to publish materials from the collection must currently be requested. Please note that some materials may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the researcher's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections. For more information contact rarebks@library.rochester.eduCitation
[Item title, item date], Arnold Bennett papers, D.13, Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester
Administrative Information
Author: Finding aid prepared by Rare Books and Special Collections staff
Publisher: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester
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Content List
Box 1, Folder 1-13Correspondence, 1909-1931, undated
Box 1, Folder 14-15A.Ms of essay
Published in the London Evening Standard

Box 1, Folder 16Typed notes for play "Mr. Prohack"
2 pages

Box 1, Folder 17Notes and fragments
Second leaf of typed unsigned letter to Field Roscoe Co., Solicitors, London.
Leaf in hand of E. Knoblock, giving directions to furniture and antique dealers in London.
Box 1, Folder 18A.Ms. of play: "Milestones"
Written in hand of E. Knoblock with alterations by A. Bennett; Binder of clippings about the run of "Milestones."



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