The Time Machine (Norton Critical Editions)

The Time Machine (Norton Critical Editions)

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by H. G. Wells
     
 

ISBN-10: 0393927946

ISBN-13: 9780393927948

Pub. Date: 12/19/2007

Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.

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,…  See more details below

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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.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393927948
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
12/19/2007
Series:
Norton Critical Editions Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
232,235
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction1
1. The Text1
2. The Sphinx-Question2
3. The Two Socialisms4
4. Eloi and Morlocks7
5. The Two Cultures12
The Time Machine: An Invention (1895)19
App. I. The Chronic Argonauts (1888)174
App. II. The Time Traveller's Story (March-June 1894)196
App. III. Excerpts from The time Machine (Jan.-May 1895)221
App. IV. "Mammon," by Walker Glockenhammer (H. G. Wells)229
App. V. "The Fourth Dimension," by E. A. Hamilton-Gordon233
App. VI. Excerpts from "Evolution and Ethics," by T. H. Huxley240
App. VII. Robert W. Paul on the Time Machine and the History of Movies244
Bibliography247
Index255

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