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Clayhanger

Arnold Bennett (1867-1931)

1. 01 The Last of a Schoolboy
2. 02 The Flame
3. 03 Entry into the World
4. 04 The Child-Man
5. 05 Mr Shushion's Tear Explained
6. 06 In the House
7. 07 Auntie Hamps
8. 08 In the Shop
9. 09 The Town
10. 10 Free and Easy
11. 11 Son and Father
12. 12 Machinery
13. 13 One Result of Courage
14. 14 The Architect
15. 15 A Decision
16. 16 The Letter
17. 17 End of a Struggle
18. 18 The Visit
19. 19 Father and Son after Seven Years
20. 20 The New House
21. 21 The Two Gardens
22. 22 Clothes
23. 23 Janet Loses her Bet
24. 24 Lane End House
25. 25 The Family Supper
26. 26 In the Porch
27. 27 The Centenary
28. 28 The Bottom of the Square
29. 29 The Top of the Square
30. 30 The Oldest Sunday School Teacher
31. 31 Money
32. 32 The Insult
33. 33 The Sequel
34. 34 Challenge and Response
35. 35 Curiosity
36. 36 A Catastrophe
37. 37 The Man
38. 38 The Marriage
39. 39 After a Funeral
40. 40 The Conclave
41. 41 The Name
42. 42 The Victim of Sympathy
43. 43 The Slave's Fear
44. 44 Keys and Cheques
45. 45 Laid Aside
46. 46 A Change of Mind
47. 47 The Ox
48. 48 Mrs Hamp's as a Young Man
49. 49 An Hour
50. 50 Revenge
51. 51 The Journey Upstairs
52. 52 The Watch
53. 53 The Banquet
54. 54 After the Banquet
55. 55 The Chain Broken
56. 56 The Birthday Visit
57. 57 Janet's Nephew
58. 58 Adventure
59. 59 In Preston Street
60. 60 The Bully
61. 61 The Rendezvous
62. 62 The Wall
63. 63 The Friendship
64. 64 The Arrival
65. 65 George and the Vicar
66. 66 Beginning of the Night
67. 67 End of the Night
68. 68 Her Heart

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Summary

This first of a trilogy of novels is a coming-of-age story set in the Midlands of Victorian England, following Edwin Clayhanger as he leaves school, takes over the family business, and falls in love.The books are set in Bennett's usual setting of "the 5 Towns", a thinly-disguised version of the six towns of "the Potteries" which amalgamated (at the time of which Bennett was writing) into the borough (and later city) of Stoke-on-Trent.In one of the earlier chapters in the book, Bennett writes that Edwin had only heard of a philosopher as 'someone who made the best of a bad job' and in some ways that is what Edwin has to do in the book - survive under a stifling layer of conduct imposed by his father, his church and the society he is part of.(Introduction by Wikipedia, summarised by seasound11)