Enoch Arnold Bennett was born in 1867, was a famous novelist, journalist and also involved in the filmmaking industry. Bennett first started working with his father in Hanley in the Potteries district of Staffordshire. However, the relationship did not work out and he soon moved to London as a solicitor’s clerk. This was when he started writing and journaling and won the literary competition ran by a magazine called Tit-Bits. And after that, he worked as an editor in a magazine company named Woman.
In 1898, Bennett published his first novel, A Man from the North, and quickly became famous and a recognized as a professional writer.
After the success of A Man from the North, Bennett quit his editor job and ventured into writing full time. He also wrote an influential weekly article on books for the London newspaper the Evening Standard.
In his lifetime, he has produced a huge number of fiction and non-fiction books, which include The Old Wives’ Tale that was published in 1908 where it became an immediate success in the English-speaking world and the book was hailed as a masterpiece. His other popular writings including Anna of the Five Towns, Clayhanger, These Twain, Hilda Lessways, Riceyman Steps, Elsie and the Child, and much more.
Of all Arnold Bennett’s non-fiction book, How to Live on 24 Hours a Day was the most popular and the content was often quoted in the British press. In 1923, he won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for his novel Riceyman Steps.
Some of Bennett’s books were also turned into a film such as Anna of the Five Towns, Clayhanger and The Card starring Alec Guinness. In total, Bennett has written more than 30 novels, film and TV adaptations, theatrical performances and also an opera named Don Juan de Mañera.