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Lord Dover and Other Lost Stories by Arnold Bennett
Lord Dover and Other Lost Stories by Arnold Bennett.
Edited with an Introduction by John Shapcott Keele University. Past Chairman of The Arnold Bennett Society.
Cover picture by Sally Richardson.
Published in America in 1905 but lost until now, Lord Dover is a full-length story about the adventures of a young lord who suffers financial misfortune and becomes a valet to Jack Stout, one of Arnold Bennett's portrait of a Card. This is a major addition to the Bennett canon.
Another exciting and valuable find is one of the earliest of Bennett's Five Town Tales. Stella's Journey. This was discovered in a New Zealand newspaper published in 1901. Its inclusion in this collection is its first publication in England.
To complete the trio of lost stories, The Clock, also from 1905, has all the characteristics of a typical Five Towns Tale, featuring a miserand an attempted robbery.
The variety of stories included in this second volume of Arnold Bennett's uncollected stories is impressive and entertaining. They inclue a Christmas romance. a train high-jacked by a jealous lover, and the answer to What Men Want. A real bonus is the appearance of Bennett's first ever magazine story, the prize-winning mad-cap parody, What's Bred in the Bone, in Tit-Bits, 1891.
The book includes many of the original magazine illustrations.
Published by Churnet Valley Books.