The History of Mr Polly
H. G. Wells
Mr Polly is an ordinary middle-aged man who is tired of his wife's nagging and his dreary job as the owner of a regional gentleman's outfitters. Faced with the threat of bankruptcy, he concludes that the only way to escape his frustrating existence is by burning his shop to the ground, and killing himself. Unexpected events, however, conspire at the last moment to lead the bewildered Mr Polly to a bright new future - after he saves a life, fakes his death, and escapes to a life of heroism, hope and ultimate happiness.
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About the Author
H.G. Wells was a professional writer and journalist, who published more than a hundred books, including novels, histories, essays and programmes for world regeneration. Wells's prophetic imagination was first displayed in pioneering works of science fiction, but later he became an apostle of socialism, science and progress. His controversial views on sexual equality and the shape of a truly developed nation remain directly relevant to our world today. He was, in Bertrand Russell's words, 'an important liberator of thought and action'.
John Sutherland is the Lord Northcliffe Professor of Modern English Literature at University College London and a visiting professor of Literature at the California Institute of Technology. He is the author of many books.
Simon J. James is Lecturer in Victorian Literature at the University of Durham. He has written on, and edited volumes of, George Gissing, H.G. Wells and Charles Dickens.
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
Table of Contents
The History of MR Polly
1 Beginnings, and the Bazaar 1
2 The Dismissal of Parsons 19
3 Cribs 28
4 Mr Polly an Orphan 37
5 Romance 56
6 Miriam 74
7 The Little Shop at Fishbourne 101
8 Making an End to Things 123
9 The Potwell Inn 140
10 Miriam Revisited 177
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I wasn't sure what to expect from this title, but I found it highly entertaining. There's only a few phrases or statements that were so arcane or cultural that I just could not decipher. All in all, a really fun look at 19th century England and the every present problem of finding one's place in the world. Very enjoyable!