Bennett, Enoch Arnold

Scope and Content

Manuscript 283 is a holograph manuscript of the short story, The Risks of Life , written by Enoch Arnold Bennett in 1913. SL V 45 is a holograph manuscript of The Lions Share 1916 and SL V 46 is a limited edition of The Old Wives' Tale 1908 by Arnold Bennett.

Administrative / Biographical History

Enoch Arnold Bennett was born in Staffordshire on 27 May 1867. In 1885 he 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 never completed. In 1888 he left Staffordshire to become a clerk at a firm of London solicitors. After working as a freelance journalist and writing several novels and short stories, Bennett in 1893 became the assistant editor, later editor (1896) of the weekly journal Woman . At the end of 1902 Bennett left England for Paris. While in Paris Bennett continued to write. He remained in Paris until 1912, when he returned to England.

During World War One, 1914-1918, Bennett became a public servant, serving on the War Memorials and Wounded Allies Relief Committee and head of propaganda in France. Whilst in France Bennett wrote on the conditions at the front. After the war Bennett published several novels and contributed articles to the Evening Standard newspaper. After a trip to France, he returned to London in January 1931, ill with typhoid fever. Bennett died on 27 March 1931.

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Archivist's Note

Separated Material

University College, London, holds correspondence and papers, 1883-1938 (Ref: MS ADD 299), correspondence and papers, [1902-1931] (Ref: MS Ogden 96), letters to Andre Paul Guillaume Gide, 1929-1930; the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center Library, University of Texas at Austin, USA, has notebooks and a manuscript of 'Instinct', 1906-1926, and letters from George Bernard Shaw, 1910-1930 (Ref: No 419); Houghton Library, Harvard University, Massachusetts, USA, contains a journal, 1908-1909 (Ref: MS Eng 28), and literary papers; the British Library, London, holds a journal, 1912 (Ref: Add MS 59841), letters to Mrs Cheston, 1925-1929 (Ref: Add MS 60391H), letters to Charles Frederick Gurney and Lucy Masterton, 1915-1930 (Ref: Add MS 62111), letters to Michael Morton, 1925-1928 (Ref: Add MS 59877), letters to Ivor Nicholson and Miss Head, 1926-1929 (Ref: RP2848), letters to F F Rosher, 1913-1919 (Ref: RP2614), correspondence of Bennett and his executors with the Society of Authors, 1909-1967 (Ref: Add MS 56668), and correspondence with Marie Stopes, 1918-1931 (Ref: Add MS 58497); Stoke-on-Trent City Museum and Art Gallery contains correspondence and papers, and letters to Annie Truscott Wood, 1892-1925; the University of California Library, Berkeley, USA, holds correspondence and literary manuscripts, [1911-1931] (Ref: NUC MS 75-258); the Beinecke Library, Connecticut, USA, has letters and papers; the Huntington Library, California, USA, contains letters and literary manuscripts; the McLennan Library, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, holds literary manuscripts; The King's School, Canterbury, has a manuscript of, and notes for, 'The price of love', and correspondence with Edward Garnett; the House of Lords Record Office contains correspondence with William Maxwell Aitken, 1st Baron Beaverbrook, 1917-1930 (Ref: BBK/C/31-5), and correspondence with Herbert Louis Samuel, 1st Viscount Samuel, 1926-1930 (Ref: Samuel papers); Cambridge University Library holds letters to Richard Bedford Bennett, Viscount Bennett, 1916-1931 (Ref: Add 7650); the Bodleian Library, Oxford University, has letters to Richard Sidney Blaker, 1918-1925 (Ref: MS Eng lett c317); the John Rylands University Library of Manchester contains letters to Basil Dean; the British Library of Political and Economic Science, London, holds letters to Alfred George Gardiner, 1914-[1927] (Ref: Gardiner); Trinity College Dublin has letters to Thomas Patrick Bodkin, 1917-1930 (Ref: MS 6993/10-20a); Keele University Library, contains letters to WW and Tertia Kennerley, verses and miscellaneous papers, 1902-1931 (Ref: ABK); the Rush Rhees Library, University of Rochester, New York, USA, holds correspondence with Edward Knoblock, 1909-1931 (Ref: NUC MS 76-1435); Columbia University Library, New York, USA, has correspondence with Edward Verall Lucas, 1908-1938 (Ref: NUC MS 64-137); the National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh, contains letters to Sir John Ritchie Richmond, 1916-1928 (Ref: Acc 8921); the Brotherton Library, Leeds University, holds letters to Pauline Smith, 1916-[1931]; the University of Arkansas Library, USA, has correspondence with Frank Arthur Swinnerton, 1910-1931; literary papers are held at the New York Public Library, Lilly Library at Indiana University, the Pennsylvania State University Library and Northwestern University Library in Illinois, USA.

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