H. G. Wells and the Culminating Ape

Biological Imperatives and Imaginative Obsessions

  • Authors
  • Peter┬áKemp

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Peter Kemp
    Pages 1-6
  3. Peter Kemp
    Pages 7-72
  4. Peter Kemp
    Pages 73-118
  5. Peter Kemp
    Pages 187-214
  6. Peter Kemp
    Pages 215-220
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 221-232

About this book


H.G. Wells's view of the world - and hence his writing - was strongly influenced by the biologist's training he received during his three years as a student at the Normal School of Science, South Kensington (now Imperial College, London). Those things which a creature needs in order for it and its species to thrive get particular attention in Wells's books. Tracing biological themes through Wells's work, as Peter Kemp does here, shows the pattern of his thought and brings to light the bizarre workings of a fascinating imagination. For the book's reissue in paperback, an afterword has been added.


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