Books: Literary Whale

THE JOURNAL OF ARNOLD BENNETT (Vol. I)—Viking ($4).

As a sideline to writing some 80 books Author Bennett from 1896 to shortly before his death in 1931 kept a personal journal aggregating over a million words. The present volume—first of three— covers the years 1896-1910, covers its author's maturing observations on life, literature and Arnold Bennett. Carefully, yet candidly set down, these variegated soliloquies of a man trying, with unheardof application, to satisfy himself, are rarities of the first water in English literature.

Author Bennett's life was a literal translation of his literary...

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