Correspondence and papers, 1883-1938, mostly relating to Arnold Bennett's death and the demands on his estate, including his will, arrangements for the funeral, correspondence between the two Mrs Bennetts, the settlement for his daughter, papers of his secretary, financial affairs, and correspondence about sale of rights.
Bennett Estate Papers
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- ReferenceGB 103 MS ADD 299
- Dates of Creation1883-1938
- Name of Creator
- Language of MaterialEnglish
- Physical Description6 boxes, 1 volume
Scope and Content
Administrative / Biographical History
Born in North Staffordshire, 1867; educated at Middle School, Newcastle under Lyme; joined his father's office in order to finish preparing for matriculation at the University of London and to study for a law degree which he was never to complete, 1885; left Staffordshire to become clerk at a firm of London solicitors, 1888-1893; also worked as a freelance journalist and wrote several novels and short stories, becoming assistant editor of the weekly journal 'Woman', 1893; editor, 1896; lived in Paris, 1902-1912; wrote plays, romances, articles and novels; married Marie Marguerite Soulié, a Frenchwoman, 1907; returned to England, 1912; during World War One, became a public servant, serving on the War Memorials and Wounded Allies Relief Committee and as head of propaganda in France, 1914-1918; whilst in France, wrote on conditions at the front; after the war, published several novels and contributed articles to the 'Evening Standard' newspaper; separated from his wife, 1921; in 1922 began to live with Dorothy Cheston, who was regarded as his second wife and changed her name to Bennett; had a daughter, Virginia Mary, 1926; after a trip to France, returned to London ill with typhoid fever and died, 1931. Publications include: novels, most famously 'Anna of the five towns' (1902), 'The Old Wives' Tale' (1908) and 'Clayhanger' (1911), all set in the Potteries; and many stage plays.
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Received in April 1985 from Bennett's solicitors Parker Garrett and Company (via BRA)
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