H. G. Wells: Another Kind of Life

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An unlikely lothario, one of the most successful writers of his time, a figure at the heart of the age's political and artistic debates—H. G. Wells's life is a great story in its own right

When H. G. Wells left school in 1880 at 13 he seemed destined for obscurity—yet he defied expectations, becoming one of the most famous writers in the world. He wrote classic science-fiction tales such as The Time Machine, The Invisible Man, and The War of the Worlds; reinvented the Dickensian...

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Overview

An unlikely lothario, one of the most successful writers of his time, a figure at the heart of the age's political and artistic debates—H. G. Wells's life is a great story in its own right

When H. G. Wells left school in 1880 at 13 he seemed destined for obscurity—yet he defied expectations, becoming one of the most famous writers in the world. He wrote classic science-fiction tales such as The Time Machine, The Invisible Man, and The War of the Worlds; reinvented the Dickensian novel in Kipps and The History of Mr Polly; pioneered postmodernism in experimental fiction; and harangued his contemporaries in polemics which included two bestselling histories of the world. He brought equal energy to his outrageously promiscuous love life—a series of affairs embraced distinguished authors such as Dorothy Richardson and Rebecca West, the gun-toting travel writer Odette Keun, and Russian spy Moura Budberg. Until his death in 1946 Wells had artistic and ideological confrontations with everyone from Henry James to George Orwell, from Churchill to Stalin. He remains a controversial figure, attacked by some as a philistine, sexist, and racist, praised by others as a great writer, a prophet of globalization, and a pioneer of human rights. Setting the record straight, this authoritative biography is the first full-scale account to include material from the long-suppressed skeleton correspondence with his mistresses and illegitimate daughter.

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"With access to heretofore-unpublished letters and a singular grasp of Wells' genius, moxie, and failings, Sherborne is the first to portray the protean, scandalous, world-changing writer in full."  —Booklist

"Accessible to readers interested either in the roots of science fiction/fantasy or in literary biography, but scholarly enough for literature students as well."  —Library Journal

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780720613919
  • Publisher: Owen, Peter Limited
  • Publication date: 9/1/2012
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 395,357
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Sherborne is the former editor of The Wellsian and chairman of the H. G. Wells Society. Christopher Priest is the award-winning author of such novels as Inverted World, The Islanders, and The Prestige. He has been strongly influenced by the science fiction of H. G. Wells and in 2006 was appointed to the position of vice president of the H. G. Wells Society.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 7

Foreword Christopher Priest 9

List of Illustrations 15

Introduction 19

1 Family and Childhood, 1851-1880 21

2 Five False Starts, 1880-1884 38

3 Student, 1884-1887 54

4 'In the Wilderness', 1887-1890 65

5 An Attempt at Conformity, 1890-1893 75

6 Author, 1893-1895 86

7 The Scientific Romances, 1895-1899 107

8 A New Prospectus, 1899-1901 135

9 Annexing the Future, 1902-1905 153

10 Fabianism and Free Love, 1905-1909 170

11 Novelist, 1909-1911 196

12 Journalist, 1911-1916 214

13 Prophet, 1916-1919 236

14 Historian, 1919-1922 251

15 Godfather, 1922-1926 265

16 Life After Jane, 1927-1930 277

17 An Inflated Persona, 1930-1934 291

18 The Man Who Continued to Work Miracles, 1935-1939 309

19 Declarations, 1939-1943 326

20 Exasperations, 1943-1946 339

Notes 351

Bibliography 377

Index 389

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