Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997)
Bennett, Arnold

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(1867-1931) UK writer, famous for The Old Wives' Tale (1908) and other naturalistic novels, but also the author – in a consciously more commercial vein – of some Supernatural Fiction. The Ghost: A Fantasia on Modern Times (1907), which appeared very early in AB's career as "For Love and Life" in an 1890s magazine, features a Ghost whose attempts to keep a living woman in his thrall cause disaster to her various suitors. The Glimpse: An Adventure of the Soul (1909), a Posthumous Fantasy, follows an insensitive, selfish husband who has died of a heart attack into a series of Afterlife experiences which teach him wisdom; he is then brought back to life only to find his wife has committed suicide out of remorse because she had taunted him with a false admission of infidelity. [JC]

Enoch Arnold Bennett


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