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Old Wives Tale
By Arnold Bennett

The Old Wives Tale

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Old Wives Tale by Arnold Bennett

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First published in 1908, "The Old Wives' Tale" affirms the integrity of ordinary lives as it tells the story of the Baines sisters - shy, retiring Constance and defiant, romantic Sophia - over the course of nearly half a century. Bennett traces the sisters' lives from childhood in their father's drapery shop in provincial Bursley, England, during the mid-Victorian era, through their married lives, to the modern industrial age, when they are reunited as old women. The setting moves from the Five Towns of Staffordshire to exotic and cosmopolitan Paris, while the action moves from the subdued domestic routine of the Baines household to the siege of Paris during the Franco-Prussian War.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780141442112
ISBN-10: 0141442115
Format: Paperback
(198mm x 129mm x 26mm)
Pages: 624
Imprint: Penguin Classics
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Publish Date: 31-May-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Arnold Bennett

Arnold Bennett (1867-1931) His first novel, A Man From the North, appeared in 1898 and in 1900 he finished The Grand Babylon Hotel, published in 1902, and began Anna of the Five Towns (1902), in which he first started to use the Potteries of his boyhood as a setting for his novels. The Old Wives' Tale (1908) was written in France and it was followed by the Clayhanger trilogy: Clayhanger (1910), Hilda Lessways (1911) and These Twain (1916). His works also include several plays, two volumes of short stories and several other novels.

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