H. G. Wells Kipps (Dodo Press)

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Kipps (Dodo Press)

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Herbert George Wells (1866-1946) was an English writer best known for such science fiction novels as The Time Machine (1888), The Island of Doctor Moreau (1896), The War of the Worlds (1897), The Invisible Man: A Grotesque Romance (1897) and The First Men in the Moon (1900-01). He was a prolific writer of both fiction and non-fiction, and produced works in many different genres, including contemporary novels, history, and social commentary. He was also an outspoken socialist. His later works become increasingly political and didactic, and only his early science fiction novels are widely read today. Wells is sometimes referred to as "The Father of Science Fiction". Among his most famous works are: Ann Veronica: A Modern Love Story (1909), The History of Mr. Polly (1910), The Country of the Blind and Other Stories (1911), An Englishman Looks at the World (1914), God the Invisible King (1917) and In the Fourth Year: Anticipations of a World Peace (1918).

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H.G. Wells was a professional writer and journalist, who published more than a hundred books, including novels, histories, essays and programmes for world regeneration. Wells's prophetic imagination was first displayed in pioneering works of science fiction, but later he became an apostle of socialism, science and progress. His controversial views on sexual equality and the shape of a truly developed nation remain directly relevant to our world today. He was, in Bertrand Russell's words, 'an important liberator of thought and action'.

David Lodge is a novelist and critic and Emeritus Professor of English Literature at Birmingham University.

Simon J. James is Lecturer in Victorian Literature at the University of Durham. He has written on, and edited works by, George Gissing, H.G. Wells and Charles Dickens.

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Kipps is a mostly unexciting rags-to-riches to rags tale, circa 1870 England, whose title character moves from apprenticeship to a luxury he neither fits nor enjoys and then back to relative poverty, courtesy of an unexpected inheritance and, later, an unexpected embezzlement. But it's hard to stay engaged with Kipps and the longish descriptions of his problems and feelings. Reader Sam Kelly, however, deserves mostly favorable attention. He varies difficult dialects well, and differentiates among characters, but is occasionally hard to understand. Still, this will satisfy those willing to stay the sometimes tedious course. T.H. (c)AudioFile, Portland, Maine

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