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Literary Lives

H G Wells

A Literary Life

Authors: Roberts, Adam

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  • Authored by one of the world's foremost science-fiction critics
  • Constitutes one of the only literary biographies of this widely-studied and much-loved writer
  • Groups chronological accounts of Wells' life and his writing into seven sections: autobiography, science fiction, the mainstream novel, journalism, utopia, celebrity and posthumous impact
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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.


        

             

About the authors

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.



          

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“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))

Table of contents (26 chapters)

Table of contents (26 chapters)
  • Childhood

    Pages 1-18

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  • Short Fiction

    Pages 19-39

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  • Science Fiction

    Pages 41-57

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  • Bicycles and Tripods

    Pages 59-74

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  • A New Century

    Pages 75-101

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Buy this book

eBook $19.99
price for USA in USD (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-030-26421-5
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Softcover $24.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-030-26420-8
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
H G Wells
Book Subtitle
A Literary Life
Authors
Series Title
Literary Lives
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-26421-5
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-26421-5
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-26420-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 452
Number of Illustrations
8 b/w illustrations, 3 illustrations in colour
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