selected essays on H.G. Wells
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Author: John S. Partington,H.G. Wells Society
Category: Literary Criticism
The Wellsian: Selected Essays on H.G. Wells H.G. Wells (1866-1946) was a figure of many interests and talents. His writing career spanned an incredible 55 years, and took the form of essays, novels, science fiction, short stories, textbooks, speculative prophecy, utopias, journalism, letters and autobiography. As well as being prolific and varied, Wells has also had a lasting influence on subsequent generations of thinkers and writers, including George Orwell, C.S. Lewis, Aldous Huxley, Olaf Stapledon and J.B. Priestley. His influence is felt in the genre of science fiction, in the promotion of human rights and in his ideas on world governance. In The Wellsian: Selected Essays on H.G. Wells, John S. Partington brings together a selection of the finest articles published in The Wellsian, the journal of the H.G. Wells Society, from 1981 to the present. The volume covers a wide breadth of Wells's work and thought, with essays from Lyman Tower Sargent on utopianism, Patrick Parrinder on The Time Machine, David Lake's textual analysis of the scientific romances, Michael Sherborne on Wells and Plato, and many others. With The Time Machine, The Island of Doctor Moreau, The War of the Worlds, The Sea Lady, The Food of the Gods and The Door in the Wall all receiving detailed attention, this volume promises to be a worthy memorial to the first twenty-five years of The Wellsian. As well as celebrating Wells's greatest literary achievements, it explores the philosophical basis of his thought and, through several comparative studies, takes an interdisciplinary approach to his aesthetic concerns. Dr John S. Partington has been editor of The Wellsian since 1999 and has published several articles on Wells's science fiction, political thought and utopian theory. He is also the author of Building Cosmopolis: The Political Thought of H.G. Wells (2003) and co-editor (with Professor Patrick Parrinder) of The Reception of H.G. Wells in Europe. He currently lectures in History at the University of Reading. Contributions by: Brett Davidson, Charles De Paolo, John Hammond, Roslynn Haynes, Katalin Csala-Gati and Janos I. Toth, Patricia Kerslake, David Lake, Richard Law, Patrick Parrinder, John Partington, Lyman Tower Sargent, Laura Scuriatti, Michael Sherborne, Bruce Sommerville, Leon Stover.