Phyllis Eleanor Bentley, OBE, 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.
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.
Cat in the Manger (1923)
The Spinner of the Years (1928)
The Partnership (1928)
A Modern Tragedy (1934)
Freedom Farewell (1936)
The English Regional Novel (1942)
Noble in Reason (1955)
Sheep May Safely Graze (1972)
The Rise of Henry Morcar (1946)
A Man Of His Time (1966)
The House of Moreys (1953)
Gold Pieces (1968)
Chain of Witnesses: The Cases of Miss Phipps (2014)
The World’s Bane (1918)
The Whole of the Story (1935)
Tales of West Riding (1974)
The Brontës (1947)
The Young Brontës (1960)
O Dreams O Destinations (1962)
The Brontës and Their World (1969)