Arnold Bennett  (1867 - 1931)

The English novelist lived in Paris from 1902 to 1912, and he was introduced to Ravel by Calvocoressi, or by the Godebskis, in 1908. He heard Ravel playing extracts from the piano score of Daphnis et Chloe in 1911, and declared that he was "much pleased" by the new score.

His acquaintance with Ravel seems to have been limited to the years prior to the First World War. In his Memoirs, Bennett records, on 4 June 1910: "Ravel and his mother came for tea yesterday; only both of them preferred water." Bennett, [1932], vol.I, p.369)

In December 1913, Ravel visited Bennett and his French wife in England; whatever meeting of minds there may have been, all that is recorded is that they went shopping in Ipswich. (Bennett, [1932], vol.II, p.75)