Books: Englishman

THE JOURNAL OF ARNOLD BENNETT: 1921-28—Viking ($3).

This third and final volume of the late Enoch Arnold Bennett's Journal (a selection from the million-word record he kept from 1896 till shortly before his death) brings to a close one of the liveliest diaries ever written. Arnold Bennett, like the great Sam Johnson, was that rare and peculiarly English product, the apotheosis of brilliant common sense. Unlike Sam Johnson, Bennett was naturally energetic, ambitious, insatiably curious, versatile. Life had an appetizing savor to him; he lived it and wrote about it with zest....

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