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An unlikely lothario, one of the most successful writers of his time, a figure at the heart of the age's political and artistic debates--H. G. Wells's life is a great story in its own right

When H. G. Wells left school in 1880 at 13 he seemed destined for obscurity--yet he defied expectations, becoming one of the most famous writers in the world. He wrote classic science-fiction tales such as "The Time Machine," "The Invisible Man," and" The War of the Worlds"- reinvented the Dickensian novel in" Kipps" and "The History of Mr Polly"- pioneered postmodernism in experimental fiction- and harangued his contemporaries in polemics which included two bestselling histories of the world. He brought equal energy to his outrageously promiscuous love life--a series of affairs embraced distinguished authors such as Dorothy Richardson and Rebecca West, the gun-toting travel writer Odette Keun, and Russian spy Moura Budberg. Until his death in 1946 Wells had artistic and ideological confrontations with everyone from Henry James to George Orwell, from Churchill to Stalin. He remains a controversial figure, attacked by some as a philistine, sexist, and racist, praised by others as a great writer, a prophet of globalization, and a pioneer of human rights. Setting the record straight, this authoritative biography is the first full-scale account to include material from the long-suppressed skeleton correspondence with his mistresses and illegitimate daughter.

About Michael Sherborne

Michael Sherborne is the former editor of "The Wellsian" and chairman of the H. G. Wells Society. Christopher Priest is the award-winning author of such novels as "Inverted World," "The Islanders," and "The Prestige." He has been strongly influenced by the science fiction of H. G. Wells and in 2006 was appointed to the position of vice president of the H. G. Wells Society.

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Author : Michael Sherborne
Publisher : Peter Owen Publishers
Data Published : 25 June 2012
ISBN : 0720613914
EAN : 9780720613919
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 412 pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
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