H.G. Wells: Traversing Time

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Wesleyan University Press, 22 Eyl 2004 - 334 sayfa
The English writer Herbert George Wells (1866–1946) is one of the giants of science fiction. His early novels, The Time Machine and The War of the Worlds, invented a number of themes now classic in science fiction. But he also wrote mainstream novels, journalism, political tracts, a memoir, and purely didactic fiction designed to support his various causes. In this comprehensive new critical study, W. Warren Wagar traces Wells’s obsession with the unfolding of public time—in short, with the history and future of humankind—to show the persisting and provocative relevance of Wells’s work.

Most interest in Wells today centers on his science fiction, but Wagar contends that one cannot fully understand or enjoy the science fiction without exploring the mind that produced it. This accessible overview takes the reader through dozens of Wells’s most important works, following the twists and turns of his thought as he struggled with the great issues of human provenance and destiny.
 

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A Personal Prologue
1
The Trace of Flow of Thought
5
The Universe Rigid and Unique
24
Romances of Evolution
46
A Classic Dystopia
64
The Point of No Return
77
Modernizing Utopia
92
Writing Novels
115
The Open Conspirator
182
Romances of Revolution
199
Before and Beyond Modernism
224
Wells at War Again
246
A Personal Epilogue
274
Notes to the Chapters
278
Bibliography
316
Index
324

Wells at War
135
Education Versus Catastrophe
162

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Yazar hakkında (2004)

W. WARREN WAGAR is Distinguished Teaching Professor of History at the State University of New York at Binghamton, author of 11 books, including A Short History of the Future (1999), and editor of The Open Conspiracy: H.G. Wells on World Revolution (2002).

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