Arnold Bennett Conference

The programme for the June conference in Stoke relating to Arnold Bennett and other novelists at the time of the Great War is now online. It looks most promising, but unfortunately I’d undertaken to  be elsewhere that weekend.

The talk I’d most like to hear is on the novel Bretherton: Khaki or Field-Grey? by W.F.Morris (1929). It’s a book that’s been lurking in the depths of my to-read list for a long time, about an officer who serves alternately with the British and German armies. The title of the paper refers to it as ‘The Best War Novel Ever Written’. Fighting words indeed.



  1. Andy Frayn
    Posted April 23, 2007 at 8:58 am | Permalink

    Fighting words and (apologies to any Morris fans out there) utter rubbish. Though I would like to see someone defend that statement faced with fans of Aldington, Manning, Ford, Mottram…

    Just picked up a copy of Morris’s _Behind the Lines_ for a couple of quid. It’s readable enough, but hardly ground-breaking or outstandingly literary. I shall look out for _Bretherton_!

  2. Posted April 23, 2007 at 10:10 am | Permalink

    The organiser of the AB conference emails to tell me: “The paper’s title refers, of course, to Bennett’s 1929 article in The Evening Standard,”The Best War Novel Has Yet To Be Written”.

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