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The Roll-Call

Arnold Bennett typescripts

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The Roll-Call, 1916-1917 | Rare Book & Manuscript Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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ID: 01/02/02/POST-1650 MS 0006

Primary Creator: Bennett, Arnold (1867-1931)

Extent: 1.0 Volumes

Date Acquired: 10/21/1955

Subjects: English literature - 20th century

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

This volume (423 pages) contains a manuscript draft of Arnold Bennett's novel The Roll-Call, written between October 10, 1916, and April 4, 1917. The manuscript includes corrections in the author's hand.

Four typescripts accompany the volume: the published book's half title, the published book's title page, a note from Bennett concerning his novel The Pretty Lady, and a list of Bennett's other published works as of April 1918.

The volume has the bookplate of H. Harvey Frost.

Collection Historical Note

Enoch Arnold Bennett (1867-1931) left school as a teenager and moved from his Staffordshire home to London in his early twenties. After first working as a legal clerk, he soon pursued a literary career. Though he is best known for his novels, Bennett edited the weekly periodical Woman from 1893 to 1900 and also published reviews and other nonfiction works. He later lived in Bedfordshire (1900-1902), Paris (1902-1912), and Essex (1912-1921), and assisted with English propaganda efforts during the latter stages of World War I. Bennett and his first wife, Marie Marguerite Soulie, married in 1907 but separated in 1921; following their separation, Bennett returned to London to live with actress Dorothy Cheston (1891-1977). Bennett and Cheston had one daughter, Virginia (b. 1926). Bennett's novel The Roll-Call was published in 1918.


Lucas, John. "Bennett, (Enoch) Arnold (1867-1931)." Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Online edition. Oxford University Press: 2010. doi: 10.1093/ref:odnb/30708

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English literature - 20th century

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Repository: Rare Book & Manuscript Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Access Restrictions: The collection is open for research.

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This item is the physical property of the Rare Book & Manuscript Library. Intellectual property rights, including copyright, may reside with the materials' creator(s) or their heirs.

The library welcomes requests for reproductions made from works in our collections, though restrictions may apply to certain materials. Please contact the library with any questions.

Acquisition Source: Day

Related Materials: The Rare Book & Manuscript Library has manuscript copies of Elsie and the Child and The Vanguard, also by Arnold Bennett.

Finding Aid Revision History: Revised by Meg Hixon, July 2016

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