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The History of Mr Polly
     

The History of Mr Polly

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by H. G. Wells, John Sutherland (Introduction), Simon James (Editor)
 

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Alfred Polly, bankrupt gentleman's outfitter, hates the whole scheme of things. Head full of half-digested chivalry, body wracked by dyspepsia, he recalls both the boisterous dramas of youth and the dreadful restrictions of a dull marriage-and so resolves to kill himself. Unexpected events bring him instead to a new heroic life and, at last, a chance of happiness.

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Alfred Polly, bankrupt gentleman's outfitter, hates the whole scheme of things. Head full of half-digested chivalry, body wracked by dyspepsia, he recalls both the boisterous dramas of youth and the dreadful restrictions of a dull marriage-and so resolves to kill himself. Unexpected events bring him instead to a new heroic life and, at last, a chance of happiness.

Editorial Reviews

Michael Dirda
…a disturbing comic masterpiece…despite its perfectly innocuous title, The History of Mr. Polly is—long before Camus and Sartre ever wrote—a classic of radical existentialism, and, after 100 years, still amusing, unsettling and powerfully contemporary.
—The Washington Post
Library Journal
Though Wells's name conjures images of time travelers and Martian invaders, he wrote numerous other novels that were well received but since forgotten. This trio-two comedies and a drama-serve as perfect examples. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780141441078
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
12/27/2005
Edition description:
New
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
1,112,380
Product dimensions:
5.11(w) x 7.79(h) x 0.65(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet 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.

Brief Biography

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

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The History of Mr. Polly 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
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