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The Young H.G. Wells: Changing the World (Hardback)Claire Tomalin (author)
Covering the first four decades of H.G. Wells’s life, Tomalin’s brilliantly accessible biography describes how the challenges of his early years informed the courage and vision of his pioneering writing career.
A fascinating journey into the life of H.G. Wells, from one of Britain's best biographers.
How did the first forty years of H. G. Wells' life shape the father of science fiction?
From his impoverished childhood in a working-class English family, to his determination to educate himself at any cost, to the serious ill health that dominated his twenties and thirties, his complicated marriages, and love affair with socialism, the first forty years of H. G. Wells' extraordinary life would set him on a path to become one of the world's most influential writers. The sudden success of The Time Machine and The War of The Worlds transformed his life and catapulted him to international fame; he became the writer who most inspired Orwell and countless others, and predicted men walking on the moon seventy years before it happened.
In this remarkable, empathetic biography, Claire Tomalin paints a fascinating portrait of a man like no other, driven by curiosity and desiring reform, a socialist and a futurist whose new and imaginative worlds continue to inspire today.
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Number of pages: 272
Weight: 498 g
Dimensions: 240 x 162 x 28 mm
'A most intelligent and sympathetic biographer... she writes well and wittily' - Daily Telegraph
'One of the best biographers of her generation' - Guardian
'Tomalin knows how to tell a cracking story' - Daily Mail
'Tomalin is the nimblest of narrators' - Time Out
'Sprightly, generous... Claire Tomalin's restrained biography of the prolific writer and philanderer's early years lets readers reach their own verdict on his life and deeds' - Guardian
'Richly informative... Tomalin admits that, although she set out to write about the young Wells, she has followed him into his forties because she found him "too interesting to leave". The same can be said of her book' - Sunday Times
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