Mr. Bennett and Mrs. Brown is an essay by Virginia Woolf published in 1924 which explores modernity. History [ edit ] The writer Arnold Bennett had written a review of Woolf's Jacob's Room (1922) in Cassell's Weekly in March 1923,  which provoked Woolf to rebut it.
- Virginia Woolf
- 24 pp.
BENNETT AND MRS. BROWN' IT seems to me possible, perhaps desirable, that I may be the only person in this room who has committed the folly of writing, trying to write, or failing to write, a novel.
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- Woolf, Virginia, 1882-1941
- Mr. Bennett and Mrs. Brown
- [The Hogarth Essays no. 1]
‘Mr. Bennett and Mrs. Brown’ is an important exploration of modernism by Virginia Woolf. This edition of the essay was published on 30 October 1924 by the Hogarth Press. It is the first number within the first Hogarth Essays series, which ran from 1924 to 1926.
“Mr. Bennett and Mrs. Brown” is written as a polemical answer to Arnold Bennett’s claim that the novel is in crisis due to the failure of Georgian novelists in the art of “character-making” which he finds crucial for successful novel-writing.
…as the Hogarth Press pamphlet Mr. Bennett and Mrs. Brown. In it she celebrated the breakdown in patriarchal values that had occurred “in or about December, 1910”—during Fry’s exhibit “Manet and the Post-Impressionists”—and she attacked “materialist” novelists for omitting the essence of character.