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A well-balanced biography of Wells. It also brings into good perspective the era and Wells’s surroundings, colleagues and parents. It certainly does not skirt over his numerous love affairs – wife versus mistress (he had a number of them!). It also does portray a man driven to write. He had an enormous literary output. Most of his popular works like ‘War of the Worlds’, ‘Invisible Man’, ‘Time Machine’ were published early in his career (before 1900). His later works “tended” to be diatribes and
H.G. Wells was a gifted and prolific writer, an influential journalist and radical social reformer. He rubbed shoulders with Joseph Conrad, Henry James, Rebecca West, G.B. Shaw, J.M.Barrie, Gorky... the list seems endless. He met Lenin, Roosevelt, Stalin. He knew (and battled with) Winston Churchill. He was a man of boundless energy and varied interests, a brilliant (if sometimes caustic) conversationalist. He even dabbled in filmmaking. Wells was a Fabian socialist and a feminist, though his so...
Like most biographies of authors, the biographer is way less talented than the subject. Which is kind of like having a comic strip artist paint a reproduction of a Rembrandt--you get the general idea of what's going on, but the genius is all missing. It's boring and written with all the style of a laundry list, and believe me, this is one long laundry list. But where else are you going to get all the juicy dirt on H.G.'s womanizing and scandalous support of "free love." Who knew the H stood for