H. G. Wells was one of the most influential authors of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. He is best remembered today as the author of classic works of science fiction, such as The Invisible Man, The War of the Worlds, and The First Men in the Moon. He was also the author of The Outline of World History, an ambitious chronicle of the world from antiquity to the beginning of the 20th century. Through essays and reviews, this volume traces the critical reception of his works.
An introductory essay overviews Wells's literary career and provides a context for understanding his works. Each of the sections that follow treats one of his major works, according to the publication date of his story. Within each section are reviews, essays, or excerpts that exemplify the critical response to that particular work from the time of its appearance to the present day. A bibliography at the end of the volume lists the most important modern critical studies of Wells and indicates the tremendous contemporary interest in Wells as an author.
Twenty three essays and reviews written by both anonymous and recognized critics present a chronological overview of the critical reception of Wells' work from 1895 to 1938. Two short pieces by Wells are included (Experiment in Autobiography and The Contemporary Novel) as well as the editor's introduction. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)