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Phyllis Bentley

 

Phyllis Eleanor Bentley, OBE (November 19, 1894 – June 27, 1977), was an English novelist.

The youngest child of a mill owner, she grew up in Halifax in the West Riding of Yorkshire, and was educated at Halifax High School for Girls and Cheltenham Ladies’ College. During World War I she worked in the munitions industry. After the war, she returned to her native Halifax where she taught English and Latin.

In 1918 she published her first work, a collection of short stories entitled The World’s Bane, after which she published several poor-selling novels until the publication in March 1932 of her best-known work, Inheritance, set against the background of the development of the textile industry in the West Riding, which received widespread critical acclaim and ran through twenty-three impressions by 1946, making her the first successful English regional novelist since Thomas Hardy and his Wessex. Two further novels followed in 1946 and 1966, forming a trilogy, and in 1967 Inheritance was filmed by Granada TV, with John Thaw and James Bolam in leading roles. In 1968 she wrote the children’s novel Gold Pieces, which is a fictionalised account, seen through the eyes of a twelve-year-old boy, of the Cragg Coiners, who defrauded the government by clipping the edges of gold coins to melt down and make into new coins.

In 1949 she was awarded an honorary DLitt from Leeds University; in 1958 she became a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature; and in 1970 was awarded an OBE.

 

BIBLIOGRAPHY

1918 The World’s Bane (four allegorical stories)
1922 Environment (novel)
1923 Cat in the Manger (novel)
1928 The Spinner of the Years (novel)
1928 The Partnership (novel)
1929 Carr (novel)
1930 Trio (novel)
1932 Inheritance (novel)
1934 A Modern Tragedy (novel)
1935 The Whole of the Story (short stories)
1936 Freedom Farewell (study of the fall of Ancient Rome, her only fictional work not concerned with Yorkshire)
1941 Manhold (novel)
1942 The English Regional Novel
1946 The Rise of Henry Morcar (novel) (part two of the Inheritance Trilogy)
1947 The Brontës (biography)
1953 The House of Moreys (novel)
1955 Noble in Reason (novel)
1958 Crescendo (novel)
1960 The Young Brontës (biography)
1962 O Dreams O Destinations (autobiography)
1966 A Man Of His Time (novel) (part three of the Inheritance Trilogy)
1968 Gold Pieces (children’s novel)
1969 The Brontës and Their World (biography)
1972 Sheep May Safely Graze (novel)
1974 Tales of West Riding (short stories)

 

 

 

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INHERITANCE

 

This is the first part of Bentley’s famous Inheritance Trilogy.Filmed by Granada in 1967, the Inheritance trilogy is Phyllis Bentley’s most widely acclaimed work.Set against the backdrop of the textile industry in the West Riding of Yorkshire, the trilogy chronicles the lives of several families over 153 trouble-torn years, from the Luddite riots of 1812 to the death of Sir Winston Churchill in 1965.Vividly depicted, and moving to the last, this trilogy is an example of regional fiction at its finest.Speaking of the reason for the work, Bentley wrote that it is a story of “decency and integrity, courage and compassion… passed down the generations; we are always the heirs of the past and begetters of the future ages. It will be seen that this thought is the meaning of the title ‘Inheritance.’ It is not material wealth which is meant, but a spiritual heritage.”

 

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THE RISE OF HENRY MORCAR

 

This is the final instalment of Bentley’s famous Inheritance Trilogy.Filmed by Granada in 1967, the Inheritance trilogy is Phyllis Bentley’s most widely acclaimed work.Set against the backdrop of the textile industry in the West Riding of Yorkshire, the trilogy chronicles the lives of several families over 153 trouble-torn years, from the Luddite riots of 1812 to the death of Sir Winston Churchill in 1965.Vividly depicted, and moving to the last, this trilogy is an example of regional fiction at its finest.Speaking of the reason for the work, Bentley wrote that it is a story of “decency and integrity, courage and compassion… passed down the generations; we are always the heirs of the past and begetters of the future ages. It will be seen that this thought is the meaning of the title ‘Inheritance.’ It is not material wealth which is meant, but a spiritual heritage.”

 

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A MAN OF HIS TIME

 

A Man of His Time continues the chronicles of the Oldroyd and Morcar families, which began with Inheritance and The Rise of Henry Morcar, to complete an unforgettable trilogy of the West Riding. The years of change from 1958 to 1965 present Henry Morcar with the severest challenges and trickiest assignments of his life as he surmounts successive disasters only to find his life’s work threatened. A Man of his Time is a story of conflict between age and youth, between Morcar and the younger generation around him. These descendants of Oldroyds, Bamforths, Morcars and Mellors are real and living, linked to the past but vibrantly imagined in their own time.

 

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RING IN THE NEW

 

The West Riding: setting for the earlier novels in the Oldroyd saga – the novels that were so successfully televised as the Inheritance trilogy. Now the story is continued. The old, closely-knit world of the textile families has changed. When old Henry Morcar dies suddenly, a new generation comes into its inheritance. Syke Mill is threatened by a take over bid. There is a protest march. Social conditions change but the picture of the West Riding and its people is as authentic as ever.

 

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TAKE COURAGE

 

A note from the author: ‘All the characters in this novel are real people, revived from the pages of Yorkshire history to enact again their significant drama of love and strife, human strength and human weakness. If I have sometimes deepened the lines, and supplied the gaps, of this story of England’s Civil War, from my own invention, that is the novelist’s privilege: to create a symbolic unity from scattered hints and dispersed incidents.’ In this novel of the English Civil War, Phyllis Bentley brings her lightness of touch, and real human compassion, to one of the darkest periods of English History.

 

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NOBLE IN REASON

 

Phyllis Bentley a native of Halifax, has written many novels with a background set in the West Riding of Yorkshire. Her descriptive power has been compared to that of the Brontes, who lived but twelve miles from Miss Bentley’s home. Of her stories The House of Moreysis perhaps best known, and in the same blunt, homely, Yorkshire tradition comes her novel Noble in Reason.So intimately written that it appears to be an autobiography, it tells the story of Christopher Jarmayne, a delicate, sensitive lad who suffers a great deal from continued friction with the robust Yorkshire family into which he was born. Filled with self-pity and resentment, he spends an unhappy life until he realizes, in a moment of illumination, that he is as tiresome to them as they are to him. In the light of this revelation he tells the strange and poignant story of his life and, with the wisdom gained from experience, he makes it a dramatic and fascinating story of unusual power.

 

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CRESCENDO

 

Peter Trahier thought it was a small matter to walk out of his office without permission in order to talk with a man who might be able to further his political career… What possible harm could his action have had? Phyllis Bentley, while painting a vivid picture of the industrial West Riding of Yorkshire, gives us a chain of events that immediately follows; a sequence of cause and effect ripples through the whole community, its impetus continually increasing, till it surges with tragic force against the young man’s own doorstep. This is Dr Bentley’s finest piece of story-telling.

 

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A MODERN TRAGEDY

 

The moors and valleys of Miss Bentley’s Native Yorkshire and the mill town of Hudley, just a few miles away from the Ire Valley of her novel Inheritance, form the scene of this new book. A Modern Tragedy is the dramatic story of Walter Haigh, who makes his entrance as an enthusiastic, ambitious, rather innocent young fellow, starting in the textile business with his father’s old employers, the Lumbs, at Valley Mill. Early in the story, Walter leaves Valley Mill and takes a position with the wily Leonard Tasker, of Victory Mills. He becomes apparently prosperous, makes his way into the more aristocratic society of the town, and falls in love with beautiful Elaine Crosland. Until the depression pulls down Tasker’s business, and everything changes…

 

Published: BLOOMSBURY READER, 1st December 2011

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THE ADVENTURES OF TOM LEIGH

 

Young Tom and his father arrive in the Calder Valley on a dark stormy night in 1722. Tom is soon an orphan and finds himself a pauper in the workhouse until Mr Firth, a hilltop clothier, agrees to take him on as an apprentice.Tom tries his best but his life is made miserable by sullen journeyman-weaver Jeremy, and a series of accidents makes him wonder if his life is in danger.A trip to Halifax Piece Hall reveals dark secrets, and when the drying cloth starts disappearing from the tenterhooks, Tom must fight to stay alive and prove his innocence.This is the furthest back in time of Phyllis Bentley’s exciting locally-based historical novels about everyday life in the local textile industry.

 

Published: BLOOMSBURY READER, 31st January 2013

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LOVE AND MONEY

 

A collection of seven short stories, from the master of regional fiction, Phyllis Bentley.A native of Yorkshire, Bentley elegantly captures the essence of a simple rural life in her words, while expressing the lives, loves and difficulties of the people who live there with a real sensitivity of emotion. These stories range from an old feud in 1350 to the post-war coming of European refugees to the Yorkshire mills.All the tales are founded on fact, but the motivation, the cause, of these facts has remained unknown, or misunderstood, through the centuries.The awful betrayal, the highwayman’s thefts, the fatal gift of a textile design, the stubborn refusal of a right of way, the religious conflict, the jealousy, the bitterness, are contained in these seven stories:Revenge upon revenge; Isabella, Isabella; A West Riding love story; No road; A case of conscience; Love and money; You see

 

Published: BLOOMSBURY READER, 28th September 2011

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