Arnold Bennett

The Grand Babylon Hotel

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The Grand Babylon Hotel is a novel by Arnold Bennett about the mysterious disappearance of a German prince. The protagonists are an American millionaire, Mr. Racksole, and his daughter Nella. While staying at the supremely exclusive Grand Babylon Hotel, Nella asks for a steak and Bass beer for dinner, but the order is refused. To get her what she wants Racksole buys the entire hotel. Strange things are happening in the there. First, Racksole notices the headwaiter winking at his daughter's friend, Reginald Dimmock. He dismisses the headwaiter. The next day a pretty, efficient hotel clerk disappears. Then Prince Eugen of Posen, who was to come to the hotel and meet his youthful uncle Prince Aribert, never turns up. Then the body of Dimmock—who was an equerry to the prince, come ahead to prepare for their visit—is found. He was obviously poisoned. And soon after, Dimmock's body disappears… Artist Bio Author: Arnold Bennett (1867-1931) was an English writer. He is best known as a novelist, but he also worked in other fields such as journalism, propaganda and film.
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