Anna of the Five Towns

Anna of the Five Towns

by Arnold Bennett

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Anna of the Five Towns is a novel by Arnold Bennett, first published in 1902 and one of his best-known works.
The plot centres on Anna Tellwright, daughter of a wealthy but miserly and dictatorial father, living in the Potteries area of Staffordshire, England. Her activities are strictly controlled by the Methodist church. The novel tells of Anna's struggle for freedom and independence against her father's restraints.

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ISBN-13: 9788834149812
Publisher: Kerry Butters
Publication date: 07/02/2019
Series: Literary Fiction Collection
Sold by: StreetLib SRL
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 840,900
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Arnold Bennett (1867 – 1931) was an English writer. He is best known as a novelist, but he also worked in other fields such as the theatre, journalism, propaganda and films. One of Bennett's most popular non-fiction works was the self-help book How to Live on 24 Hours a Day. Bennett's novel The Old Wives' Tale was an immediate success throughout the English-speaking world. The Old Wives' Tale was hailed as a masterpiece.

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George Eliot style melodrama provides the narrative framework for this tale of a well-to-do but not well-off miser's daughter in the pottery towns around Newcastle under Lyme. We meet her and her two beaux as they emerge from a Wesleyan Sunday School meeting. Methodism functions here as a works-righteousness fanticism and a framework for social hierarchy. It is 1902. Henry Mynors (age 30) is the respectable, hard-working entrepeneur with whom Anna (age 21) partners in business and in marriage. Willie (age 21) is the simple meek spirit whom she really loves -- as she discovers on the novel's penultimate page. By then it is too late, and tragedy makes its way down well-oiled tracks. This old-fashioned novel is chiefly of interest for its descriptions of life - including business - in the pottery towns, where something fragile, beautiful, and utilitarian emerges from chaos, heat, and clay. Port Erin on the Isle of Man is the scene of an idyllic holiday.