By Arnold Bennett, Kris Madden, P. J. Harvey Darton
Initially released anonymously within the columns of The 'Academy', and reprinted years later on, lower than the author's identify, Bennett offers an unabashed account of his early struggles and successes on his option to turning into an English literary great. His autobiography sheds mild on what it intended to be an English author round the flip the century. This model of Bennet's vintage autobiography comprises P. J. Harvey Darton's biography at the writer, "Arnold Bennett" to provide readers the complete adventure of who Arnold Bennett used to be
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I believe I had scarcely heard the adjective “beautiful” applied to anything whatever, save confections like Gounod’s “There is a Green Hill Far Away”. Modern oak sideboards were called handsome, and Christmas cards were called pretty; and that was about all. But now I found myself among souls that talked of beauty openly and unashamed. On the day that I arrived at the house in Chelsea, the drawingroom had just been papered, and the pattern of the frieze resembled nothing in my experience. I looked at it.
It was magnificent, glaring, and immense; it foreshadowed the modern music-hall. Visitors were shown through our rooms by parents who tried in vain to hide from us their parental complacency. The professional housedecorator was reduced to speechless admiration of 17 Truth About An Author our originality and extraordinary enterprise; he really was struck—he could appreciate the difficulties we had conquered. During all this, and with a succession of examinations continually looming ahead, literature never occurred to me; it was forgotten.
This thought filled my brain. It seemed to me to be fine, splendid. I was intensely proud of being laid under a compulsion so startlingly dramatic. Could I manufacture jokes while my grandfather expired? Certainly: I was a journalist. And never since have I been more ardently a journalist than I was that night and morning. With a strong sense of the theatrical, I wrote my notes at dawn. They delicately excoriated the brewer. 28 Arnold Bennett The curious thing is that my grandfather survived not only that, but several other fatal attacks.
The Truth About An Author by Arnold Bennett, Kris Madden, P. J. Harvey Darton