London: Chapman and Hall, 1908.
First edition. 578 pp. 1 vols. 8vo. Basis of a BBC serial following two Victorian-era sisters' lives. Publisher's cloth. Very Good, no dust jacket Item #312110
Arnold Bennett (1867-1931) began writing full-time in 1900 after publishing his first novel, A Man From the North, in 1898. He was unashamed of the fact that he wrote novels for money, rather than for the pure joy of writing, and was also a non-fiction author, journalist, and operatic author. Bennett also served as the director of propaganda for France at the Ministry of Information during World War I, for which he was offered a knighthood that he declined.
This novel, The Old Wives' Tale, was Bennett's first widely successful novel and remains the one for which he is best known. It traces the lives of the Baines sisters, Constance and Sophia, over nearly half a century, from their Victorian childhood to their reunification in old age. This novel was serialized on British television in the early 2000s to great success.
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