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The World of William Clissold Book the First and Book the Second by H. G. Wells
  

The World of William Clissold Book the First and Book the Second

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The World of William Clissold Book the First and Book the Second by H. G. Wells

Though this novel was first published in 1926, with a preface strenuously denying that it was anything but a work of fiction, William Clissold is nevertheless a character whose thought and background is so thoroughly documented in the work that the reader cannot help identifying him to some extent with Wells himself (so much so that Wells' agent feared a libel case on its original publication). This is not such a fault in an author as interesting as H. G. Wells, as Conrad Aiken remarked: 'As a survey of the modern world from a 'liberal' point of view ...The World of William Clissold is impressive. The range of Mr Wells' mind is encyclopaedic. He covers everything, he leaves nothing out - his novel is a 'liberal' education in itself.' Wells later admitted in An Experiment in Autobiography that the book was indeed a self-dramatization. The protagonist intends to make a fresh start for himself, and also for the world. And in his intentions we see Wells, the great socialist utopian's own ideal of progress, as he conceived it at this point in his developing thought. This is H. G. Wells' most monumental effort in novel-writing and appears in Faber Finds in three volumes.

About the Author

H.G. Wells was born in Bromley, Kent in 1866. After working as a draper's apprentice and pupil-teacher, he won a scholarship to the Normal School of Science in 1884, studying under T. H. Huxley. It was with The Time Machine (1895) that he had his real breakthrough. Today he is regarded as one of the all-time greatest authors of science fiction.

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Book Info

Publication date

11th December 2008

Author

H. G. Wells

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Publisher

Faber & Faber

Format

Paperback
246 pages

Categories

Classic fiction (pre c 1945)

ISBN

9780571247837

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