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The History Of Mr Polly: With an introduction by Giles Foden

H.G. Wells

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Fiction, Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

Wells's recently televised tale of mid-life crisis and self-reinvention.

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Praise for The History Of Mr Polly: With an introduction by Giles Foden

  • A disturbing comic masterpiece . . . a more gently satirical and masculine counterpart to Flaubert's Madame Bovary . . . a classic of radical existentialism, and, after 100 years, still amusing, unsettling and powerfully contemporary - Washington Post

  • A delightful comedy of everyday Edwardian England that draws inspiration from its author's own life . . . The story - still strikingly modern - is a comedy about a midlife crisis . . . a comedy of ordinary, provincial life, rooted in the everyday, with countless brilliantly observed details - GUARDIAN

  • Widely considered to be Wells's most perfectly-formed novel [a] comic idyll - GUARDIAN

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H.G. Wells

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. He was awarded a first-class honours degree in biology and resumed teaching but had to retire after a kick from an ill-natured pupil afflicted his kidneys. He worked in poverty in London as a crammer while experimenting in journalism and stories. It was with THE TIME MACHINE (1895) that he had his real breakthrough.

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