quinta-feira, 20 de janeiro de 2011

The H. G. Wells Reader - A Complete Anthology from Science Fiction to Social Satire

For the first half of the twentieth century H. G. Wells was a tremendously popular fiction writer, an influential thinker, and a widely heeded voice of insight and rationality.

George Orwell’s remark that Wells was too sane to be of much help in the dark years of the late 1930s follows his acknowledgment that for young people at the time Wells had been the most important writer in the first twenty years of the century. The comment also implies that it is in relation to Wells that one can calibrate the crises in modern history. Wells’s opinions on biology, on the novel, on politics, on sexuality startled and made people rethink their ideas.

As the works included here should amply demonstrate, Wells’s fiction renders with complexity, intelligence, and flair crucial modem situations. At the most obvious, he engages increasingly serious issues of technology and the possibilities of the future. He is an important Darwinian. He may be the greatest English utopianist.
He has few rivals as a comic writer. Finally-though this is a quality that is seldom acknowledged as a virtue-he brings to the level of art the experience and understanding of the lower classes. Only Dickens is his match in this respect. Put these virtues together and you have an art full of the richness we associate with the great realist novels, enlivened by an ironic intelligence of the first order, and engaged on important subjects even when most fanciful.

“The Stolen Bacillus” (1894)
“The Triumphs of a Taxidermist” (1894)
”Wpornis Island” (1894)
from The Time Machine (from chapters 4,14,15 and the epilogue) (1895)
from The Wheels of Chance (chapters 28-29) (1895)
from The Island ofDoctor Moreau (from chapters 12 and 16) (1896)
from The Invisible Man (chapters 5-7) (1897)
from The War ofthe Worlds (book 1, chapters 1,2,5, 13, and 17; book 2,chapter 8) (1898)
from The First Men in the Moon (chapter 6 to the end) (1901)
from The Food ofthe Gods (from chapters 2 and 3) (1904)
”The Country of the Blind” (1904)
from In the Days of the Comet (book 1; book 2, from chapters 1 and 3; book 3, from chapters 1 and 3, and the epilogue) (1906)
from Tono-Bungay (book 2, chapter 2; book 4, chapter 3) (1909)
The History of Mr. Polly (1910)
A Note on Sources

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