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H. G. Wells: The Literary Traveller in His Fantastic Short Story Machine


Halszka Leleń

The book offers a thorough study of the literary tensions and two-world structure of the fantastic short stories by H. G. Wells (1866–1946). It exposes trickster games in the storytelling and pinpoints Wells’s staple methods of artistic composition – the mounting of various literary tensions built upon the body of traditional, dexterously combined genre elements and innovative topoi.
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In this book, if not stated otherwise, Wells’s short texts are quoted according to The Complete Short Stories of H. G. Wells, edited by John Hammond (1999, published by Phoenix). An exception to this rule is the novella “The Time Machine.” The quotations from this text are made following The Short Stories of H. G. Wells (1948, published by Ernest Benn). Therefore, the parenthetical reference to all Wells short stories will only give page numbers.

In the quotations used in the book, whenever three dots are used within square brackets, this stands for my ellipsis in the original text. I do this to distinguish such ellipses from the three dots frequently used in the punctuation of Wells’s short stories. Likewise, any change to the original text is indicated by the use of square brackets. When indicating the date of publication of short stories, I give their first appearance in popular periodicals and magazines. ← 15 | 16 →

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