H.G. Wells Kipps (Penguin Classics)

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Kipps (Penguin Classics)

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A hilarious tale of one man’s struggle for self improvement and a witty satire of pretension

Orphaned at an early age, raised by his aunt and uncle, and apprenticed for seven years to a draper, Artie Kipps is stunned to discover upon reading a newspaper advertisement that he is the grandson of a wealthy gentleman - and the inheritor of his fortune. Thrown dramatically into the upper classes, he struggles desperately to learn the etiquette and rules of polite society. But as he soon discovers, becoming a 'true gentleman' is neither as easy nor as desirable as it at first appears.

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H.G. Wells was a professional writer and journalist, who published more than a hundred books, including novels, histories, essays and programmes for world regeneration. Wells's prophetic imagination was first displayed in pioneering works of science fiction, but later he became an apostle of socialism, science and progress. His controversial views on sexual equality and the shape of a truly developed nation remain directly relevant to our world today. He was, in Bertrand Russell's words, 'an important liberator of thought and action'.

David Lodge is a novelist and critic and Emeritus Professor of English Literature at Birmingham University.

Simon J. James is Lecturer in Victorian Literature at the University of Durham. He has written on, and edited works by, George Gissing, H.G. Wells and Charles Dickens.

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Kipps is a mostly unexciting rags-to-riches to rags tale, circa 1870 England, whose title character moves from apprenticeship to a luxury he neither fits nor enjoys and then back to relative poverty, courtesy of an unexpected inheritance and, later, an unexpected embezzlement. But it's hard to stay engaged with Kipps and the longish descriptions of his problems and feelings. Reader Sam Kelly, however, deserves mostly favorable attention. He varies difficult dialects well, and differentiates among characters, but is occasionally hard to understand. Still, this will satisfy those willing to stay the sometimes tedious course. T.H. (c)AudioFile, Portland, Maine

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