First edition. With the bookplate of Rhoda van Bibber Tanner and an inscription by the author on front free endaper to her.
New York: Harper & Brothers, 1912. Illustrated by Frank Craig.
Quarto, three-quarter red morocco over red cloth, spine lettered in gilt, top edges gilt, red cloth endpapers. Extremities slightly rubbed, else fine.
Enoch Arnold Bennett (27 May 1867 – 27 March 1931) was an English writer. He is best known as a novelist, but he also worked in other fields such as journalism, propaganda and film.
During the First World War he became Director of Propaganda for France at the Ministry of Information. (At that time the word propaganda did not have the negative implications it acquired later in the twentieth century.) His appointment was made directly on the recommendation of Lord Beaverbrook, who also recommended him as Deputy Minister of that Department at the end of the war. He refused a knighthood in 1918.
Osbert Sitwell, in a letter to James Agate, notes that Bennett was not, despite current views, ""the typical businessman, with his mean and narrow outlook."" Sitwell cited a letter from Bennett to a friend of Agate, who remains anonymous, in Ego 5:
I find I am richer this year than last; so I enclose a cheque for 500 pounds for you to distribute among young writers and artists and musicians who may need the money. You will know, better than I do, who they are. But I must make one condition, that you do not reveal that the money has come from me, or tell anyone about it. -wikipedia.