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Short story, first published in The Idler, October 1896. Included in PS. A schoolmaster is given an apple from the Tree of Knowledge. APROPOS OF DOLORES. Novel, published in 1938. Based in part upon Wells's friendship with Odette Keun, Apropos of Dolores is one of the finest and wittiest of the later novels. The story is analysed in detail in Anatomies of Egotism: A Reading of the Last Novels of H. G. Wells by Robert Bloom (University of Nebraska Press, 1977). ARGONAUTS OF THE AIR, THE. Short story, first published in Phil May's Annual, 1895.
Do what I will I fail to see how I can be other than a lax, undisciplined storyteller. I must sprawl and flounder, comment and theorise, ifl am to get the thing out I have in mind. 2 One may argue that in this statement he was doing less than justice to himself, for if the expression 'a born novelist' has any meaning then he was certainly that. And yet how true this confession is. Even in Tono-Bungay, which represents Wells the novelist at the height of his creative powers, the reader is almost overwhelmed by the sheer force of the IDEAS the author is continually advancing.
Short story, originally published in Collier's Weekly, April 1909 (under the title 'A Moonlight Fable') and reprinted in DW and CB. A man has a beautiful suit made for him by his mother; on wearing it one moonlit night he falls accidentally and is killed. BETTERAVE PAPERS, THE. Three satirical essays (ostensibly written by Wilfred B. Betterave 'at the uncalled for insistence of H. G. Wells') printed in the Cornhill Magazine, July 1945. The essays contain humorous reflections upon Wells's literary career.
An H. G. Wells Companion: A guide to the novels, romances and short stories by J. R. Hammond