Contents* About The Book * Preface * The Daily Miracle * The Desire To Exceed One'S Programme * Precautions Before Beginning * The Cause Of The Trouble * Tennis And The Immortal Soul * Remember Human Nature * Controlling The Mind * The Reflective Mood * Interest In The Arts * Nothing In Life Is Humdrum * Serious Reading * Dangers To Avoid ABOUT THE BOOK How to Live on 24 Hours a Day, written by Arnold Bennett, is part of a larger work entitled How to Live. In this volume, he offers practical advice on how one might live (as opposed to just existing) within the confines of 24 hours a day. In the book, Bennett addressed the large and growing number of white-collar workers that had accumulated since the advent of the Industrial Revolution. In his view, these workers put in eight hours a day, 40 hours a week, at jobs they did not enjoy, and at worst hated. They worked to make a living, but their daily existence consisted of waking up, getting ready for work, working as little as possible during the work day, going home, unwinding, going to sleep, and repeating the process the next day. In short, he didn't believe they were really living. Bennett addressed this problem by urging these “salarymen” to seize their extra time, and make the most of it to improve themselves. Extra time could be found at the beginning of the day, by waking up early, and on the ride to work, on the way home from work, in the evening hours, and especially during the weekends. During this time, he prescribed improvement measures such as reading great literature, taking an interest in the arts, reflecting on life, and learning self-discipline.
How To Live On 24 Hours A Day (The Key To a Fuller, Richer Life)
Born in Hanley, Staffordshire, in 1867, Arnold Bennett went on to become one of the most popular English novelists. He was best known for his novels like A Man From the North, The Old Wives’ Tale, Hugo, The Clayhanger Trilogy, The Card, Buried Alive, The Gates of Wrath, Leonora, and The Regent. His popular non-fiction works include Literary Taste: How To Form It, The Savour Of Life, Fame and Fiction, and How To Live, which included The Human Machine, Mental Efficiency, and Self and Self-Management. Bennett started his writing career as a journalist. However, he gave up journalism to take up a full-time career as a novelist. Bennett was also a part of the War Propaganda Bureau, after the outbreak of the First World War. He and 24 other leading English writers were assigned to promote Britain’s interests during the war. Bennett contributed several articles to the cause. Bennett and his French wife separated in 1921. He then fell in love with and stayed with actress Dorothy Cheston, though the two were never married. Arnold Bennett died of typhoid in London, in 1931.