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Record 8671

Reading Experience:

'... he devotes a whole serious and excellent essay to an exploration of the fame of Silas Hocking, who wrote novels calculated to please "the taste of the Methodist million, who was unheard of in Knightsbridge but wildly popular in the dissenting provinces". Apart from any other interest, this essay throws light on Bennett's own reading background; he discusses the debate between Puritanism and the arts, describes the deep suspicion with which all fiction was regarded in Hocking circles and says: "How often have I heard the impatient words: 'This is too exciting for me; if I went on I shouldn't be able to leave it'." It must have been up in Burslem, where reading had recently been regarded as a wicked sin, that he heard such remarks.'
Century: 1850-1899
Date: Between 1 Jan 1890 and 31 Dec 1901
Country: England
Time: n/a
Place: city: London
Type of Experience (Reader):
silent aloud unknown
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown
Type of Experience (Listener):
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown

Reader/Listener/Reading Group:

Reader:Arnold Bennett
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Male
Date of Birth 27 May 1867
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: Writer / editor
Religion: Christian
Country of origin: England
Country of experience: England
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: Silas Hocking
Title: unknown
Genre: Fiction
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 8671  
Source - Print  
  Author: Margaret Drabble
  Editor: n/a
  Title: Arnold Bennett
  Place of Publication: London
  Date of Publication: 1974
  Vol: n/a
  Page: 60
  Additional comments: Refers to an essay in Fame and Fiction, 1901, a collection of Bennett's articles originally written for the review magazine Academy.

Citation: Margaret Drabble, Arnold Bennett (London, 1974), p. 60,, accessed: 30 May 2023

Additional comments:

Secondary source



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