The authoritative biography of H.G. Wells.
When H.G. Wells left school at the age of thirteen he looked destined for obscurity. Defying expectations, he became one of the most famous writers in the world, creating such classic science-fiction as The Time Machine, The Invisible Man and The War of the Worlds, reinventing the Dickensian novel in Kipps and The History of Mr Polly, pioneering postmodernism in experimental fiction and haranguing his contemporaries in polemics which included two best-selling histories of the world. He brought equal energy to his love life, with a series of affairs with well-known authors such as Dorothy Richardson and Rebecca West, the gun-toting travel writer Odette Keun and even a Russian spy. 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. Including material from the long-suppressed correspondence with his mistresses and illegitimate daughter, renowned Wells scholar Michael Sherborne sets the record straight in this authoritative and entertaining biography.
With a foreword by Christopher Priest
‘Authoritative, comprehensive and crisply written.’ – David Lodge
‘Michael Sherborne’s biography, Another Kind of Life, is a brilliant portrait of the man and the writer.’ – Daily Telegraph
‘Admirably comprehensive … Sherborne doesn’t shy away from the contradictions and imperfections in either Wells’s character or his works … a wellrounded portrait of a flawed but truly prophetic figure.’ – Mail On Sunday
‘A valuable contribution to Wells studies … Sherborne has a direct, vigorous, often witty style, and the biography is readable and interesting throughout, meticulous and wide-ranging in its research and persuasive in its arguments.’ – The Wellsian
‘A careful, scholarly work … a must for academic libraries and reading lists.’ – Science Fiction Studies
‘With access to heretofore-unpublished letters and a singular grasp of Wells genius, moxie, and failings, Sherborne is the first to portray the protean, scandalous, world-changing writer in full.’ – Booklist
‘Sherborne clearly knows his man and his subject inside out, meaning that this biography contains more than enough detail for the curious casual reader to understand Wells and his works, but also that it can provide a fantastic jumping-off point for those new to Wells scholarship who are looking for a good introduction to the subject. Highly recommended.’ – Snake Oil Review Press
‘A brisk and witty complement to [David] Lodge’s A Man of Parts.’ – The New Yorker
‘Authoritative … Sherborne has an unrivalled command of the writer’s diverse output … He writes with bemused detachment and great clarity. – Times Literary Supplement
MICHAEL SHERBORNE is the author of the critically acclaimed biography of H.G. Wells, Another Kind of Life. His is Head of the English and Humanities Department at Luton Sixth Form College. He was awarded a Ph.D. for his thesis on Wells's fiction at the University of Nottingham and has since written a study of Wells's novels, Modern Novelists: H.G. Wells, under the name of Michael Draper, and edited critical editions of The Country of the Blind and Other Stories (Oxford University Press) and A Short History of the World (Penguin Classics). He is the former editor of The Wellsian and chairman of the H.G. Wells Society.
HERBERT GEORGE WELLS (1866–1946), commonly known as H.G. Wells, was a prolific English writer nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature four times. Although his writing spanned many genres and forms, he is best remembered for his science-fiction novels, including The Time Machine, The Invisible Man and The War of the Worlds.
|Date Published||21st July 2011|