An H. G. Wells Companion: A guide to the novels, romances by J. R. Hammond

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Polly relates the biography of Alfred Polly, a dyspeptic shopkeeper, who escapes from his humdrum existence to find happiness as general factotum at a country inn. A critical edition of The History of Mr. Polly edited with an introduction by Gordon N. Ray, was published by the Houghton Mifflin Company, USA, in 1960. This edition contains two appendices: two versions of the final page of the novel, reproduced in facsimile from the original manuscript; and a passage deleted by Wells from Chapter 4.

46 An H G. Wells Companion First published in the Pall Mall Gazette, 13 June 1894, and reprinted in CPM: argues that there is an inevitable connection between diet and thought, and suggests the regimen necessary to the literary man. LITTLE MOTHER UP THE MClRDERBERG. Short story, originally published in the Strand Magazine, April1910, and reprinted in CSS: a humorous account of an ascent of the Morderberg by the narrator and his mother. LITTLE WARS: A GAME FOR BOYS. ), Little Wars, published in 1913, elaborates a number of ideas for war games played with wooden bricks and toy soldiers.

An invitation from Henry James to join the Academy of the Royal Society of Literature was politely but firmly refused. His conception of the novel was, in essence, that it had a vital role to play in society: a role which no other medium of discussion could adequately fulfil. He had no respect for what he called the 'Weary Giant' theory: the idea that a novel should be light and should avoid serious issues since the reader would be too tired for anything else. ' He withdrew this statement in his autobiography, but there could be no doubt of the wide claims he was making.

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