Critical Response To H.G. Wells

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H. G. Wells was one of the most influential authors of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. He is best remembered today as the author of classic works of science fiction, such as The Invisible Man, The War of the Worlds, and The First Men in the Moon. He was also the author of The Outline of World History, an ambitious chronicle of the world from antiquity to the beginning of the 20th century. Through essays and reviews, this volume traces the critical reception of his works.

An introductory essay overviews Wells's literary career and provides a context for understanding his works. Each of the sections that follow treats one of his major works, according to the publication date of his story. Within each section are reviews, essays, or excerpts that exemplify the critical response to that particular work from the time of its appearance to the present day. A bibliography at the end of the volume lists the most important modern critical studies of Wells and indicates the tremendous contemporary interest in Wells as an author.

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Editorial Reviews

Twenty three essays and reviews written by both anonymous and recognized critics present a chronological overview of the critical reception of Wells' work from 1895 to 1938. Two short pieces by Wells are included (Experiment in Autobiography and The Contemporary Novel) as well as the editor's introduction. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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WILLIAM J. SCHEICK is J.R. Millikan Centennial Professor of English and American Literature at the University of Texas at Austin.

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Table of Contents

Series Foreword
Introduction: H. G. Wells and the Literate Subconscious 1
Experiment in Autobiography 19
The Lounger 23
The Early H. G. Wells 25
Literature 29
The War of the Worlds 31
Mr. Sammler's War of the Planets 33
The Ideas of H. G. Wells 51
History, Adventure, and School Stories 59
The Natural History of H. G. Wells 61
Sociological Speculations 65
Mr. Wells's Kipps 69
The Novels of Wells, Bennett and Galsworthy 71
Encounters with the "White Sphinx": The Re-Vision of Poe in Wells's Early Fiction 75
Mr. Wells's New Novel 89
A Fictioneer of the Laboratory 91
The New Machiavelli 95
H. G. Wells and Mrs. Humphry Ward 99
The Novel of Ideas 111
Keeping the Game Going: The Re-Vision of Poe in Wells's Later Fiction 115
Ellen Glasgow's Outline of History in The Shadowy Third and Other Stories 125
Mr. Wells's New Novel 139
Mr. H. G. Wells's Pamphlet Novel 143
H. G. Wells's and Henry James's Two Ladies 145
Schopenhauer, Spengler, and Wells 165
Afterword: The Contemporary Novel 181
Supplementary Readings: 1956-1994 183
Index 187
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