Arnold Bennett was, above all, a professional writer. He wrote numerous novels, plays, short stories, and books of commentary; he also wrote one of the most influential columns on the book world during his lifetime. This column, entitled “Books and Persons,” appeared in The New Age from 1908 to 1911 under the pseudonym Jacob Tonson and under his own name in The London Standard from 1926 to 1931. His criticism and analysis of the detective novel at the end of the 1920’s was significant in shaping the genre. His use of detailed description and his depictions of middle-and lower-class life provide his readers with insight into how others live and think.