Mr. Britling Sees It Through – H. G. Wells

An American comes to visit a prominent British author just as World War I breaks out. An examination of war, politics, and philosophy. This story is essentially the history of the opening and of the realisation of the Great War as it happened to one small group of people in Essex, and more particularly as it happened to one human brain. It came at first to all these people in a spectacular manner, as a…

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Tono Bungay – H. G. Wells

Young George is expelled from the manor his mother serves in, and bounces around until he lands with his uncle, a chemist. He departs again, but returns once his uncle develops a successful line of snake oil. Despite his qualms, George, a talented engineer, helps out with sales and development, and their fortunes grow. I first read this many years, and liked it, though I also misremembered it as having something to do with a…

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In the Fourth Year: Anticipations of a World Peace – H. G. Wells

H. G. Wells’ thoughts on world peace and the single transferable vote. In the Fourth Year: Anticipations of a World Peace was written in 1918, when the end of World War I was visible, but had not yet arrived. In it, Wells displays a strongly leftist, idealistic view of the world’s capacity for peace, and especially of the potential of the League of Nations. The argument is very much a product of its time, yet…

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