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Book Title: The Man Who Could Work Miracles: The Supernatural Tales of H.G. Wells|
The author of the book: H.G. Wells
Edition: Tartarus Press
Date of issue: December 1st 2006
ISBN 13: 9781905784004
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Sewn signatures, printed on 130gsm acid-free paper, and bound by Bath Press in blue cloth stamped in silver, with silk ribbon marker and head and tailbands.
'Introduction', 'The Devotee of Art', 'Walcote', 'The Flowering of the Strange Orchid', 'The Lord of the Dynamos', 'The Temptation of Harringay', 'The Moth', 'Pollock and the Porroh Man', 'Under the Knife', 'The Plattner Story', 'The Red Room', 'The Story of the Late Mr Elvesham', 'The Apple', 'The Crystal Egg', 'The Presence by the Fire', 'The Man Who Could Work Miracles', 'The Stolen Body', 'A Vision of Judgment', 'A Dream of Armageddon', 'The New Accelerator', 'The Inexperienced Ghost', 'Mr Skelmersdale in Fairyland', 'The Truth About Pyecraft', 'The Magic Shop', 'The Country of the Blind', 'The Door in the Wall', 'The Beautiful Suit', 'The Wild Asses of the Devil', 'The Story of the Last Trump', 'The Pearl of Love', 'The Queer Story of Brownlow's Newspaper', 'Answer to Prayer'.
H.G. Wells (1866-1946) is popularly known as the author of classic science fiction novellas such as The War of the Worlds, The Invisible Man and The Time Machine, but it is less well-known that his prodigious imagination also turned to the supernatural. As with his science fiction, Wells would conceive a remarkable idea and then follow through the rational repercussions of the proposal.
The stories collected here take the supernatural from the borders of science fiction in tales such as 'The Plattner Story' in which a fourth dimension is conceived as a realm of the dead, to the boundaries of outright horror in 'The Strange Orchid', through to the frontiers of fantasy in 'The Man Who Could Work Miracles'. In Wells' speculative work 'genres' mean very little, however, and 'The Story of the late Mr Elvesham' and 'The Door in the Wall' are such perfectly conceived and faultlessly executed tales that they deserve to stand alongside classic works in Wells' canon.
The short stories of H.G. Wells have been overshadowed by his longer science-fiction works, but contain just as many original and archetypal ideas. They are as satisfying to read now as when they were written a century ago, and have been acknowledged by Borges and Nabokov, among others. The Man Who Could Work Miracles is confirmation of the imaginative genius of H.G. Wells.
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Read information about the authorIn 1866, (Herbert George) H.G. Wells was born to a working class family in Kent, England. Young Wells received a spotty education, interrupted by several illnesses and family difficulties, and became a draper's apprentice as a teenager. The headmaster of Midhurst Grammar School, where he had spent a year, arranged for him to return as an "usher," or student teacher. Wells earned a government scholarship in 1884, to study biology under Thomas Henry Huxley at the Normal School of Science. Wells earned his bachelor of science and doctor of science degrees at the University of London. After marrying his cousin, Isabel, Wells began to supplement his teaching salary with short stories and freelance articles, then books, including The Time Machine (1895), The Island of Dr. Moreau (1896), The Invisible Man (1897), and The War of the Worlds (1898).
Wells created a mild scandal when he divorced his cousin to marry one of his best students, Amy Catherine Robbins. Although his second marriage was lasting and produced two sons, Wells was an unabashed advocate of free (as opposed to "indiscriminate") love. He continued to openly have extra-marital liaisons, most famously with Margaret Sanger, and a ten-year relationship with the author Rebecca West, who had one of his two out-of-wedlock children. A one-time member of the Fabian Society, Wells sought active change. His 100 books included many novels, as well as nonfiction, such as A Modern Utopia (1905), The Outline of History (1920), A Short History of the World (1922), The Shape of Things to Come (1933), and The Work, Wealth and Happiness of Mankind (1932). One of his booklets was Crux Ansata, An Indictment of the Roman Catholic Church. Although Wells toyed briefly with the idea of a "divine will" in his book, God the Invisible King (1917), it was a temporary aberration. Wells used his international fame to promote his favorite causes, including the prevention of war, and was received by government officials around the world. He is best-remembered as an early writer of science fiction and futurism.
He was also an outspoken socialist. Wells and Jules Verne are each sometimes referred to as "The Fathers of Science Fiction". D. 1946.