• The Card

The Card

The Card

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  • Author
    Bennett Arnold
  • Publisher
    Aegitas
  • Publication date
    24 March 2016

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Book Detail

  • Book Title

    The Card

  • Author

    Bennett Arnold

  • Date Published

    24 March 2016

  • Publisher

    Aegitas

  • Pages

    182 pages

  • ISBN

    9781772469622

Book Description

The Card is a short comic novel written by Arnold Bennett in 1911 (titled Denry the Audacious in the American edition). It was later made into a 1952 movie starring Alec Guinness and Petula Clark. Like much of Bennett's best work, it is set in the Potteries District of Staffordshire. It chronicles the rise of Edward Henry ("Denry") Machin from washerwoman's son to Mayor of Bursley (a fictitious town based on Burslem). This is accomplished through luck, initiative and a fair bit of chutzpah (in slang a card is a 'character', an 'original'; a clever, audacious, person). Denry Machin returned, as the slightly more mature "Edward Henry", in Bennett's sequel The Regent (1913) (titled The Old Adam in its first U.S. edition).

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