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The Vanguard, 1926 | Rare Book & Manuscript Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

By RBML Staff and Meg Hixon

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Title: The Vanguard, 1926Add to your cart.

ID: 01/02/02/POST-1650 MS 0007

Primary Creator: Bennett, Arnold (1867-1931)

Extent: 2.0 Volumes

Date Acquired: 10/21/1955

Subjects: English literature - 20th century

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

These two volumes (330 pages) contain a manuscript draft of Arnold Bennett's novel The Vanguard. The first volume (pages 1-177) was written between March 27 and May 14, 1926, and the second volume (pages 178-330) was written between May 15 and July 8, 1926. Both volumes include corrections in the author's hand, as well as notes indicating the author's location as he composed the novel.

The first 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 Vanguard was published in 1927.


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

Administrative Information

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

Access Restrictions: The collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions:

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 Roll-Call, also by Arnold Bennett.

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

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[Volume 1: The Vanguard, 1926 March 27-1926 May 14],
[Volume 2: The Vanguard, 1926 May 15-1926 July 8],

Volume 1: The Vanguard, 1926 March 27-1926 May 14Add to your cart.
Pages 1-177
Volume 2: The Vanguard, 1926 May 15-1926 July 8Add to your cart.
Pages 178-330

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