Enoch Arnold Bennett

Enoch Arnold Bennett (1867-1931) was an English Man of Letters. The author of dozens of novels and volumes of criticism, Bennett was disparaged by Virginia Woolf and others of the Bloomsbury Circle for his literary traditionalism and belief in the possibility of a common reader. For a time Bennett lived in France, and during the First World War took the position of Director for Propaganda in France with the British Ministry of Information. It is said that he died of typhoid in London after drinking tap water, against the urgings of his waiter.

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