H G Wells: A Literary Life

H G Wells: A Literary Life

by Adam Roberts

Paperback(1st ed. 2019)

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This is the first new complete literary biography of H G Wells for thirty years, and the first to encompass his entire career as a writer, from the science fiction of the 1890s through his fiction and non-fiction writing all the way up to his last publication in 1946. Adam Roberts provides a comprehensive reassessment of Wells’ importance as a novelist, short-story writer, a theorist of social prophecy and utopia, journalist and commentator, offering a nuanced portrait of the man who coined the phrases ‘atom bomb’, ‘League of Nations’ ‘the war to end war’ and ‘time machine’, who wrote the world’s first comprehensive global history and invented the idea of the tank. In these twenty-six chapters, Roberts covers the entirety of Wells’ life and discusses every book and short story he produced, delivering a complete vision of this enduring figure.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9783030264208
Publisher: Springer International Publishing
Publication date: 11/23/2019
Series: Literary Lives
Edition description: 1st ed. 2019
Pages: 452
Sales rank: 663,563
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.00(d)

About the Author

Adam Roberts is Professor of Nineteenth-century Literature and Culture at Royal Holloway, University of London, UK, and also an award-winning writer of science fiction. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and Vice-President of the H G Wells Society.

Table of Contents

1. Childhood
2. Short Fiction
3. Science Fiction
4. Bicycles and Tripods
5. A New Century6. Anticipations
7. Kipps: a study in Artistry
8. Sex
9. Socialism and America
10. Amber Reeves
11. Tono-Bungay
12. Mr Polly
13. Elizabeth von Arnim
14. War
15. Boon and Bealby
16. Rebecca West
17. Mr Wells Sees Through It
18. League of Nations
19. Education
20. World-Historical
21. Futures and Pasts
22. Odette Keun
23. Life Stories
24. Later Non-Fiction
25. Later Fiction
26. Tethersend

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

“Strikingly perceptive, often controversial, Adam Roberts's intricate readings of Wells's fiction and non-fiction do much to recapture the fascination that Wells exercised for a world-wide audience from the publication of The Time Machine in 1895 to his death some fifty years later. This is a compelling though never uncritical account of Wells's irrepressible energy, his human insights, and—above all—his immense and under-appreciated contribution to 20th-century literature.” (Patrick Parrinder, President, H. G. Wells Society)

“Adam Roberts' new study of H G Wells, based on a reading of all of Wells' six decades of writing, is unprecedented, invaluable—and unputdownable. Comprehensive, wise, provocative, and searingly honest, this is a monumental achievement in scholarship - as well as an enthralling read. You can almost hear the voice of Wells himself murmuring from the shade.” (Stephen Baxter, Vice-President of the International H G Wells Society and author of The Time Ships (1995))

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