H G Wells and the Short Story by J. R. Hammond

By J. R. Hammond

H.G. Wells is justly recognized as a author of brief tales, yet for too lengthy the originality of his contribution during this box has been unacknowledged. the current examine argues that during his brief tales Wells used to be now not easily emulating the types and topics of his predecessors yet creating a detailed contribution to the style grounded firmly in his method of fiction. The examine demonstrates that Wells's brief tales advantage some distance nearer severe realization than they've got but acquired and own massive mental and symbolic perception.

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CSS A prominent politician describes a door he entered as a child which led to an enchanted garden. He is haunted by the garden for the rest of his life and longs to revisit it. 'A Dream of Armageddon', Black and White, 1901. CSS The narrator meets a solicitor on a train journey who relates a dream of world war in the year 2100. 'The Empire of the Ants', SM, December 1905. CSS The story describes a plague of highly organised. and intelligent ants which may ultimately present a threat to humanity.

CSS A henpecked man eats a purple fungus and becomes intoxicated; the experience transforms his life. 'The Queer Story of Brownlow's Newspaper', SM, 1932. MWN On 10 November 1931 Brownlow receives a newspaper dated 40 years hence. The newspaper is later destroyed but Brownlow is tantalised by his memory of it. 'The Rajah's Treasure', Pearson's Magazine, July 1896. MWN A rajah possesses a mysterious treasure for which he is murdered by his heir: it transpires that the treasure is a hoard of whisky.

His last short story! 'Answer to Prayer', was published in 1937, when he was aged 70. His career as a short-story writer thus spans 50 years, for half a century separates llis last story from his earliest efforts written in 1887. He died in 1946, one of the foremost literary figures of his age and the author of 83 short stories. 18 Overview The relationship between these stories and his longer works is a question which has received surprisingly little critical attention. It will be demonstrated in this study that the principal themes which animate the novels are present in abundance in the short stories - the incompatibility between domesticity and the pursuit of a career; the duality of man; the plasticity of life; the quest for personal fulfilment - all are evident at numerous points in the shorter fiction.

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