ISBN-10:
0393927946
ISBN-13:
9780393927948
Pub. Date:
12/19/2007
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
The Time Machine: A Norton Critical Edition

The Time Machine: A Norton Critical Edition

by H. G. Wells, Stephen ArataH. G. Wells
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Overview

The Time Machine (1895) is H. G. Wells’s first published novel as well as his most enduring and influential work.


Intrigued by the possibilities of time travel as a student and inspired as a journalist by the great scientific advances of the Victorian Age, Wells drew on his own scientific publications—on evolution, degeneration, species extinction, geologic time, and biology—in writing The Time Machine. This Norton Critical Edition is based on the first London edition of the novel. It is accompanied by detailed explanatory annotations and “A Note on the Text.”

“Backgrounds and Contexts” is organized thematically into four sections: “The Evolution of The Time Machine” presents alternative versions and installments and excerpts of the author’s time-travel story; “Wells’s Scientific Journalism (1891–94)” focuses on the scientific topics central to the novel; “Wells on The Time Machine” reprints the prefaces to the 1924, 1931, and 1934 editions; and “Scientific and Social Contexts” collects five widely read texts by the Victorian scientists and social critics Edwin Ray Lankester, Thomas Henry Huxley, Benjamin Kidd, William Thomson (Lord Kelvin), and Balfour Stewart and Peter Guthrie Tait.

“Criticism” includes three important early reviews of The Time Machine from the Spectator, the Daily Chronicle, and Pall Mall Magazine as well as eight critical essays that reflect our changing emphases in reading and appreciating this futuristic novel. Contributors include Yevgeny Zamyatin, Bernard Bergonzi, Kathryn Hume, Elaine Showalter, John Huntington, Paul A. Cantor and Peter Hufnagel, Colin Manlove, and Roger Luckhurst.

A Chronology and Selected Bibliography are also included.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393927948
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 12/19/2007
Series: Norton Critical Editions Series
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 600,283
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Stephen Arata is Mayo Distinguished Teaching Professor and Associate Professor of English at the University of Virginia. His books include Fictions of Loss in the Victorian Fin de Siecle and editions of William Morris’s News from Nowhere and George Gissing’s New Grub Street.

Date of Birth:

September 21, 1866

Date of Death:

August 13, 1946

Place of Birth:

Bromley, Kent, England

Place of Death:

London, England

Education:

Normal School of Science, London, England

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