Book News; An Illustrated Magazine of Literature and Books ... Volume 32

Book News; An Illustrated Magazine of Literature and Books ... Volume 32

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1914 edition. Excerpt: ...Island or The Time Machine. They are more subtle, simpler, and better written than the stories of Jules Verne, but only in this are they superior to them or to the widely circulating tales of Nicholas Carter. The point of view, the inventive quality necessary for their construction, is the same. Some people may define imagination to include the strange meanderings of this type of story. But such folks are at least compelled to admit that they are lacking in that important element of all great works of the imagination: inspiration. The early Wells stories are not struck forth by a creative hand; they are manufactured products, put together piecemeal, none of them being written in any but the calmest and most conscious mood. Inspiration is essentially the soaring of one's soul without the knowledge of his mind. In the gleaming moment, the mind becomes the wage-slave of the spirit, receiving in return for labor the gratifying hallucination of having itself done the work. The Wonderful Visit is the earliest Wells book shot with his satire and suggesting the imagination that is to come. Satire is like smoking: the real craving for it comes only in maturity, after the sweet-pickle stage has passed away. Here in this book we have the glimmerings of a mature Wells. Explanations are waived; personality is emphasized. In The Food of the Gods the advance is unmistakable. Neither this nor any of his earlier "scientific" stories are novels in the higher sense, for they are not slices of the meat of life steeped in its warm, red blood, but in them the Wells of Kipps and Love and Mr. Lewisham appears in embryo. This Wells of Kipps and Lewisham is one of the rarest spirits of the decade. He is akin to Barrie, but mightier and more genuine than...
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  • Paperback | 548 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 28mm | 966g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123690849X
  • 9781236908490