Swinnerton: An Autobiography

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"CRUCICAL" YEARS

Novels of 1914; "Failure After Failure"; A Red Beard; Martin Secker; The Writing and Selling of "Nocturne"; A Distinction between Art and Technique; A Letter from Bernard Shaw; A Tenant of Bertrand Russell's; "The Young Visitors"; A Publishers' Office and Staff.

AFTER THESE AGREEABLE INTERLUDES we will return, if you please, to the main theme of the Memoirs. But first I should like to try and recall to your mind what were the circumstances in which novels were written and published immediately before the War. According to a plebiscite which lies before me, the readers of an intelligently-edited periodical decided, in 1914, that the greatest living novelist was Thomas Hardy. He was followed, in that order, by H. G. Wells, Joseph Conrad, Henry James, George Moore and Arnold Bennett (bracketed), J. M. Barrie, Rudyard Kipling, Charles Garvice, and William de Morgan. By the same judges, the best novel of 1914 (not including the Autumn publications of that year) was Joseph Conrad "Chance"; but other entrants for the position were:
The World Set Free, by H. G. Wells
When Ghost Meets Ghost, by W. de Morgan
The House in Demetrius Road, by J. D. Beresford
The Making of an Englishman, by W. L. George

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • By Frank Swinnerton *
  • Title Page *
  • Three Quotations by Way of Preface vii
  • Contents ix
  • I - I Am Born 1
  • II - Early Days 23
  • III - From Fleet Street to the West End 40
  • IV - Six Years of Growth 53
  • V - Miracles 86
  • VI - My First Acquaintance with Authors 108
  • VII - Adventures in Publishing 122
  • VII - Arnold Bennett 135
  • IX - H. G. Wells 156
  • X - "Crucical" Years 173
  • XI - Some of My Elders 191
  • XII - Melange 227
  • XIV - Some of My Contemporaries 265
  • XV - The United States 315
  • XVI - What I Think About Life 339
  • Index 351
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