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A Great Man (1904)

by Arnold Bennett

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This started out great but then ended up meandering and petering out. I think most of it was a satire of the literary world that went over my head.
  amyem58 | Oct 28, 2017 |
'Yesterday I posted Arnold Bennett's Great Man to you, and I am sure you will enjoy it and laugh like anything. I laughed at it more than at anything since [George A. Birmingham's] Inisheeny and Spanish Gold.'

Letter from Arthur Ransome to Evgenia Ransome, 30 March 1924, reproduced in Signalling from Mars (1997), p. 133.
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Henry Shakspeare Knight is an innocuous shorthand clerk who becomes a highly successful novelist, despite living a sedentary life with his adoring mother and having no real experience or knowledge of human nature.

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