Arnold Bennett Long Fiction Analysis - Essay

Arnold Bennett Long Fiction Analysis

(Survey of Novels and Novellas)

As a self-designated professional author, Arnold Bennett not only wrote an extraordinary quantity in a great variety of genres but also created a broad range of themes and characters. It is difficult to detect a common approach or theme in a corpus of forty-eight novels that include fantasy, realism, romance, naturalism, satire, symbolism, comedy, tragedy, melodrama, Freudian psychology, allegory, economics, regionalism, cosmopolitanism, politics, medicine, and war. Nevertheless, in spite of this diversity, Bennett is generally esteemed for his realistic novels, which are considered his serious work. In most, if not all, of these fifteen novels, certain related themes recur, rising from the author’s youthful experiences of...

(The entire section is 3463 words.)