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Shadows of Future - H. G. Wells, Science Fiction, and Prophecy (Paperback, 1st ed): Patrick Parrinder Shadows of Future - H. G. Wells, Science Fiction, and Prophecy (Paperback, 1st ed)
Patrick Parrinder
R464 R376 Discovery Miles 3 760 Save R88 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

H.G. Wells - inventor of the concept of the time machine and the phrase ""the shape of things to come"" - described his life's work as one of critical anticipation. This book unravels the complex layers of meaning in ""The Time Machine"", and shows how, throughout his life, he sought to exploit the potential of literary and cultural prophecy in new ways. Described by John Middleton Murry as ""the last prophet of bourgeois Europe"", he was its first futurologist. In ""Shadows of the Future"", Wells's assumption of the prophet's role is related to his championing of the modern scientific outlook, and to the theory and practice of science fiction and utopian literature. Parrinder explores the connections between novelty and repetition, between imagining the future and imagining the past, and between prophecy and parody as literary modes. Wells's science fiction is reexamined both as a projection of the cosmology implicit in the writings of Darwin and Huxley, and as a new variation on the Romantic and Enlightenment themes of such earlier authors as Blake, Gibbon and Mary Shelley. Later chapters relate Wells's fiction to his nonfiction and look at the uneasy relationship of his utopianism to literary prophecy, and at the paradoxes inherent in the militant internationalism of the ""prophet at large"". Finally, Well's influence is traced in a study of the antiutopian fictions in Zamayatin and Orwell, and in a broad account of the connections between science fiction and the scientific outlook down to our time.

Shadows of Future - H. G. Wells, Science Fiction, and Prophecy (Hardcover): Patrick Parrinder Shadows of Future - H. G. Wells, Science Fiction, and Prophecy (Hardcover)
Patrick Parrinder
R1,122 Discovery Miles 11 220 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

H.G. Wells - inventor of the concept of the time machine and the phrase ""the shape of things to come"" - described his life's work as one of critical anticipation. This book unravels the complex layers of meaning in ""The Time Machine"", and shows how, throughout his life, he sought to exploit the potential of literary and cultural prophecy in new ways. Described by John Middleton Murry as ""the last prophet of bourgeois Europe"", he was its first futurologist. In ""Shadows of the Future"", Wells's assumption of the prophet's role is related to his championing of the modern scientific outlook, and to the theory and practice of science fiction and utopian literature. Parrinder explores the connections between novelty and repetition, between imagining the future and imagining the past, and between prophecy and parody as literary modes. Wells's science fiction is reexamined both as a projection of the cosmology implicit in the writings of Darwin and Huxley, and as a new variation on the Romantic and Enlightenment themes of such earlier authors as Blake, Gibbon and Mary Shelley. Later chapters relate Wells's fiction to his nonfiction and look at the uneasy relationship of his utopianism to literary prophecy, and at the paradoxes inherent in the militant internationalism of the ""prophet at large"". Finally, Well's influence is traced in a study of the antiutopian fictions in Zamayatin and Orwell, and in a broad account of the connections between science fiction and the scientific outlook down to our time.

The War of the Worlds (Paperback, Revised): H. G. Wells The War of the Worlds (Paperback, Revised)
H. G. Wells; Introduction by Brian Aldiss; Text written by Patrick Parrinder; Notes by Andy Sawyer
R198 R162 Discovery Miles 1 620 Save R36 (18%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

'The classic tale of alien invasion, and still the best' The Times The first modern depiction of extra-terrestrials attacking the earth, The War of the Worlds remains one of the most influential of all science-fiction works. It shows the whole of human civilization under threat, as terrifying, tentacled Martians land in England, build gigantic killing machines, destroy all in their path with black gas and burning rays and feast on the warm blood of trapped, still-living human prey. The forces of the Earth, however, may prove harder to beat than they at first appear. Edited by Patrick Parrinder with an Introduction by Brian Aldiss and Notes by Andy Sawyer

Alien Invasion Short Stories (Hardcover): Patrick Parrinder Alien Invasion Short Stories (Hardcover)
Patrick Parrinder; Contributions by Bo Balder, Jennifer Rachel Baumer, Maria Haskins, Suo Hefu, … 1
R586 R462 Discovery Miles 4 620 Save R124 (21%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Visitors from other planets have long obsessed us. H.G. Wells' War of Worlds spawned a huge wave of speculative fiction but the roots of such fears run deep in our literature, where the mysteries of other cultures have long threatened the familiar and the comfortable. Did aliens build the ancient pyramids? do they live amongst us today? what happens when they invade? And are they just the people from the next valley? or country? or planet? Would it be an inevitable act of aggression, one of assistance and care, or simply a reminder of our paltry existence in a crowded universe? Flame Tree's successful Gothic Fantasy series brings a brilliant new mix of classic and new writing, in this beautiful edition. These new authors appear alongside the following classic and essential writers: George Tomkyns Chesney, George Allan England, Austin Hall, H.P. Lovecraft, A. Merritt, Robert Potter, Garrett P. Serviss, Jonathan Swift, Voltaire, H.G. Wells; along with text from The Taking of Ireland (retold tales from The Book of Invasions).

The Time Machine (Paperback, Revised): H. G. Wells The Time Machine (Paperback, Revised)
H. G. Wells; Edited by Patrick Parrinder; Introduction by Marina Warner; Notes by Steve Mclean; Introduction by William Gibson
R167 R136 Discovery Miles 1 360 Save R31 (19%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

'The father of science fiction' Guardian The Time Machine is the first and greatest modern portrayal of time-travel. It sees a Victorian scientist propel himself into the year 802,701 AD, when he is initially delighted to find that suffering has been replaced by beauty, contentment and peace. Entranced at first by the Eloi, an elfin species descended from humans, he soon realizes that they are simply remnants of a once-great culture - now weak and childishly afraid of the dark. They have every reason to be afraid: in deep tunnels beneath their paradise lurks another race - the sinister Morlocks. Edited by PATRIC K PARRINDER with an Introduction by MARINA WARNER and notes by STEVEN MCLEAN

The Oxford History of the Novel in English - Volume 4: The Reinvention of the British and Irish Novel 1880-1940 (Hardcover):... The Oxford History of the Novel in English - Volume 4: The Reinvention of the British and Irish Novel 1880-1940 (Hardcover)
Patrick Parrinder, Andrzej Gasiorek
R3,923 Discovery Miles 39 230 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The Oxford History of the Novel in English is a 12-volume series presenting a comprehensive, global, and up-to-date history of English-language prose fiction and written by a large, international team of scholars. The series is concerned with novels as a whole, not just the 'literary' novel, and each volume includes chapters on the processes of production, distribution, and reception, and on popular fiction and the fictional sub-genres, as well as outlining the work of major novelists, movements, traditions, and tendencies.
The 36 expert contributors to Volume 4 trace the dramatic changes in British and Irish fiction from the cumbersome 3-volume novels of the 1880s to the 'paperback revolution' in the late 1930s. It looks at the intense debates over the nature and purpose of the novel in the period, the development of new popular sub-genres, and the stratification of the readership of fiction. In a period characterized by huge political and economic upheavals and wholesale revisions of personal morality and sexual and linguistic taboos, the volume traces both the process of modernist experimentation and the work of novelists who registered the social and cultural impact of modernity. The topics covered include national (Irish, Scottish, and Welsh), regional, and women's fiction; the influence of the European novel, of the cinema, and the growth of the modern city; the impact of the Empire, class-consciousness, and the First World War; and such specialized forms as the children's novel, detective stories, and thriller, science fiction and fantasy, and the short story.

The Island of Doctor Moreau (Paperback, New ed): H. G. Wells The Island of Doctor Moreau (Paperback, New ed)
H. G. Wells; Introduction by Margaret Atwood; Notes by Steve Maclean; Text written by Patrick Parrinder
R195 R158 Discovery Miles 1 580 Save R37 (19%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

A parable on Darwinian theory, and a biting social satire, H.G. Wells's science fiction classic The Island of Dr Moreau is a fascinating exploration of what it is to be human. This Penguin Classics edition is edited by Patrick Parrinder with notes by Steven McLean and an introduction by Margaret Atwood, author of The Handmaid's Tale. Adrift in a dinghy, Edward Prendick, the single survivor from the good ship Lady Vain, is rescued by a vessel carrying a profoundly unusual cargo - a menagerie of savage animals. Tended to recovery by their keeper Montgomery, who gives him dark medicine that tastes of blood, Prendick soon finds himself stranded upon an uncharted island in the Pacific with his rescuer and the beasts. Here, he meets Montgomery's master, the sinister Dr. Moreau - a brilliant scientist whose notorious experiments in vivisection have caused him to abandon the civilised world. It soon becomes clear he has been developing these experiments - with truly horrific results. This edition includes a full biographical essay on Wells, a further reading list and detailed notes. Margaret Atwood's introduction explores the social and scientific relevance of this influential work. H.G. Wells (1866-1946) was a professional writer and journalist. Wells's prophetic imagination was first displayed in pioneering works of science fiction, but later he became an apostle of socialism, science and progress. Among his most popular works are The Time Machine (1895); The Island of Doctor Moreau (1896), filmed with Bela Lugosi in 1932, and again in 1996 with Marlon Brando; The Invisible Man (1897); The War of the Worlds (1898), which was the subject of an Orson Welles radio adaptation that caused mass panic when it was broadcast, and a 2005 film directed by Stephen Spielberg; and The First Men in the Moon (1901), which predicted the first lunar landings. If you enjoyed The Island of Doctor Moreau, you might like Wells's The Time Machine, also available in Penguin Classics.

Tono-Bungay (Paperback, New ed): H. G. Wells Tono-Bungay (Paperback, New ed)
H. G. Wells; Text written by Patrick Parrinder; Notes by Edward Mendelson; Introduction by Edward Mendelson
R340 R278 Discovery Miles 2 780 Save R62 (18%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Presented as a miraculous cure-all, Tono-Bungay is in fact nothing other than a pleasant-tasting liquid with no positive effects. Nonetheless, when the young George Ponderevo is employed by his uncle Edward to help market this ineffective medicine, he finds his life overwhelmed by its sudden success. Soon the worthless substance is turned into a formidable fortune as society becomes convinced of the merits of Tono-Bungay through a combination of skilled advertising and public credulity.
-Includes a newly established text, a full biographical essay on Wells, a list of further reading, and detailed notes
-Edward Mendelson's introduction explores the many ways in which "Tono-Bungay" satirizes the fictions and delusions that shape modern life

The Invisible Man (Paperback, New ed): H. G. Wells The Invisible Man (Paperback, New ed)
H. G. Wells; Introduction by Christopher Priest; Notes by Andy Sawyer; Text written by Patrick Parrinder
R197 R160 Discovery Miles 1 600 Save R37 (19%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

With his face swaddled in bandages, his eyes hidden behind dark glasses and his hands covered even indoors, Griffin - the new guest at The Coach and Horses - is at first assumed to be a shy accident-victim. But the true reason for his disguise is far more chilling: he has developed a process that has made him invisible, and is locked in a struggle to discover the antidote. Forced from the village, and driven to murder, he seeks the aid of an old friend, Kemp. The horror of his fate has affected his mind, however - and when Kemp refuse to help, he resolves to wreak his revenge.

The Sleeper Awakes (Paperback, New ed): H. G. Wells The Sleeper Awakes (Paperback, New ed)
H. G. Wells; Introduction by Patrick Parrinder; Notes by Andy Sawyer
R254 R208 Discovery Miles 2 080 Save R46 (18%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

A troubled insomniac in 1890s England falls suddenly into a sleep-like trance, from which he does not awake for over two hundred years. During his centuries of slumber, however, investments are made that make him the richest and most powerful man on Earth. But when he comes out of his trance he is horrified to discover that the money accumulated in his name is being used to maintain a hierarchal society in which most are poor, and more than a third of all people are enslaved. Oppressed and uneducated, the masses cling desperately to one dream - that the sleeper will awake, and lead them all to freedom.

The Country of the Blind and other Selected Stories (Paperback): H. G. Wells The Country of the Blind and other Selected Stories (Paperback)
H. G. Wells; Edited by Patrick Parrinder; Notes by Andy Sawyer; Introduction by Neil Gaiman
R367 R300 Discovery Miles 3 000 Save R67 (18%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Herbert George Wells was perhaps best known as the author of such classic works of science fiction as The Time Machine and War of the Worlds. But it was in his short stories, written when he was a young man embarking on a literary career, that he first explored the enormous potential of the scientific discoveries of the day. He described his stories as "a miscellany of inventions," yet his enthusiasm for science was tempered by an awareness of its horrifying destructive powers and the threat it could pose to the human race. A consummate storyteller, he made fantastic creatures and machines entirely believable; and, by placing ordinary men and women in extraordinary situations, he explored, with humor, what it means to be alive in a century of rapid scientific progress.

The First Men in the Moon (Paperback, New ed): H. G. Wells, Steve Mclean The First Men in the Moon (Paperback, New ed)
H. G. Wells, Steve Mclean; Introduction by China Mieville; Patrick Parrinder
R252 R205 Discovery Miles 2 050 Save R47 (19%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

When penniless businessman Mr. Bedford retreats to the Kent coast to write a play, he meets by chance the brilliant Dr. Cavor, an absentminded scientist on the brink of developing a material that blocks gravity. Cavor soon succeeds in his experiments, only to tell a stunned Bedford that the invention makes possible one of the oldest dreams of humanity: a journey to the moon. With Bedford motivated by money, and Cavor by the desire for knowledge, the two embark on the expedition. But neither are prepared for what they find?a world of freezing nights, boiling days, and sinister alien life, in which they may be trapped forever.
-First time in Penguin Classics
-Includes a newly established text, a full biographical essay on Wells, suggestions for further reading, and detailed notes

H. G. Wells's Perennial Time Machine (Paperback): George Slusser, Patrick Parrinder, Daniele Chatelain H. G. Wells's Perennial Time Machine (Paperback)
George Slusser, Patrick Parrinder, Daniele Chatelain
R751 Discovery Miles 7 510 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Acclaimed as a work of genius when first published in 1895, The Time Machine represents a revolution in storytelling. H. G. Wells's first--and greatest--novel has been recognized worldwide as a founding text of the science fiction genre and one of the most seminal narratives of the last hundred years. This collection of essays offers a series of original, penetrating, and wide-ranging perspectives on Wells's masterpiece by an international group of major Wells and science fiction scholars. The authors explore such textual topics as the narrative techniques and mythological undertones of the novel as well as its contribution to modern ideas of time and evolution and its focusing of the intellectual cross-currents of the late nineteenth century. This insightful volume captures the innovative imagination, richness, and fascinating ambiguity that resulted in a classic literary work and demonstrates that Wells's novel is both a visionary story and an unstoppable idea.

James Joyce (Paperback): Patrick Parrinder James Joyce (Paperback)
Patrick Parrinder
R1,225 Discovery Miles 12 250 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

James Joyce holds a unique position in literature. No writer has a higher reputation, none attracts more ardent devotees, and none poses so many difficulties for the first-time reader. This book is an original and well-informed survey of the whole of Joyce's work. It offers close readings of his early writings such as Dubliners and A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, and an extended examination of his masterpiece, Ulysses, as well as a stimulating introduction to that notoriously difficult work Finnegans Wake. Dr Parrinder stresses Joyce's ambivalent relationship to the Ireland of his youth, and his ability to incorporate the most banal and profane levels of experience and language into profound celebration of the human capacity for survival and regeneration. The Joyce who emerges is a writer of innocence and gusto as well as immense artistic cunning.

Authors and Authority - English and American Criticism 1750-1990 (Hardcover, 2nd ed. 1991): Patrick Parrinder Authors and Authority - English and American Criticism 1750-1990 (Hardcover, 2nd ed. 1991)
Patrick Parrinder
R2,646 Discovery Miles 26 460 Out of stock

Authors and Authority is a one-volume history of Anglo-American literary criticism from the neoclassical period up until recent trends in modern literary theory, feminist criticism and cultural history. Focussing on the work of major critics such as Johnson, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Arnold, Eliot, Virginia Woolf, Leavis, Frye and Lionel Trilling, Parrinder traces the connections between authorship and critical authority, and between literary debate and the changing forms of culture and society. Surveying the development that leads from the creative manifestos of the Romantic poets to the current interpretative theories of stucturalism, deconstruction and new historicism, the author asks whether there is a future for a distinctively literary criticism, and whether the gulf between creator and critic can be healed.

Science Fiction (Hardcover): Patrick Parrinder Science Fiction (Hardcover)
Patrick Parrinder
R7,793 Discovery Miles 77 930 Out of stock

First Published in 2002. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

The Failure of Theory - Essays on Criticism and Contemporary Fiction (Book): Patrick Parrinder The Failure of Theory - Essays on Criticism and Contemporary Fiction (Book)
Patrick Parrinder
R957 Discovery Miles 9 570 Out of stock
The Correspondence of H G Wells (Hardcover): H. G. Wells The Correspondence of H G Wells (Hardcover)
H. G. Wells; Volume editing by David Smith; Edited by Patrick Parrinder
R13,712 Discovery Miles 137 120 Out of stock

This collection of H.G. Wells's correspondence draws on over 50 archives and libraries worldwide, including the papers of Wells's daughter by Amber Reeves. The book contains over 2000 letters, both business and personal. Wells's private correspondence includes letters to Winston Churchill.

H.G. Wells (Paperback): Patrick Parrinder H.G. Wells (Paperback)
Patrick Parrinder
R1,077 Discovery Miles 10 770 Out of stock

This set comprises 40 volumes covering 19th and 20th century European and American authors. These volumes will be available as a complete set, mini boxed sets (by theme) or as individual volumes. This second set complements the first 68 volume set of Critical Heritage published by Routledge in October 1995.

The Correspondence of H G Wells Vol 1 (Hardcover): H. G. Wells, David Smith, Patrick Parrinder The Correspondence of H G Wells Vol 1 (Hardcover)
H. G. Wells, David Smith, Patrick Parrinder
R3,658 Discovery Miles 36 580 Out of stock

This collection of H.G. Wells's correspondence draws on over 50 archives and libraries worldwide, including the papers of Wells's daughter by Amber Reeves. The book contains over 2000 letters, both business and personal. Wells's private correspondence includes letters to Winston Churchill.

The Correspondence of H G Wells Vol 2 (Hardcover): H. G. Wells, David Smith, Patrick Parrinder The Correspondence of H G Wells Vol 2 (Hardcover)
H. G. Wells, David Smith, Patrick Parrinder
R3,662 Discovery Miles 36 620 Out of stock

This collection of H.G. Wells's correspondence draws on over 50 archives and libraries worldwide, including the papers of Wells's daughter by Amber Reeves. The book contains over 2000 letters, both business and personal. Wells's private correspondence includes letters to Winston Churchill.

The Correspondence of H G Wells Vol 4 (Hardcover): H. G. Wells, David Smith, Patrick Parrinder The Correspondence of H G Wells Vol 4 (Hardcover)
H. G. Wells, David Smith, Patrick Parrinder
R3,666 Discovery Miles 36 660 Out of stock

This collection of H.G. Wells's correspondence draws on over 50 archives and libraries worldwide, including the papers of Wells's daughter by Amber Reeves. The book contains over 2000 letters, both business and personal. Wells's private correspondence includes letters to Winston Churchill.

The Correspondence of H G Wells Vol 3 (Hardcover): H. G. Wells, David Smith, Patrick Parrinder The Correspondence of H G Wells Vol 3 (Hardcover)
H. G. Wells, David Smith, Patrick Parrinder
R3,662 Discovery Miles 36 620 Out of stock

This collection of H.G. Wells's correspondence draws on over 50 archives and libraries worldwide, including the papers of Wells's daughter by Amber Reeves. The book contains over 2000 letters, both business and personal. Wells's private correspondence includes letters to Winston Churchill.

Science Fiction - A Critical Guide (Hardcover): Patrick Parrinder Science Fiction - A Critical Guide (Hardcover)
Patrick Parrinder
R3,192 Discovery Miles 31 920 Out of stock

First published in 1979. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

New Directions in the History of the Novel (Paperback, 1st ed. 2014): Patrick Parrinder, A. Nash, N. Wilson New Directions in the History of the Novel (Paperback, 1st ed. 2014)
Patrick Parrinder, A. Nash, N. Wilson
R1,806 Discovery Miles 18 060 Out of stock

New Directions in the History of the Novel challenges received views of literary history and sets out new areas for research. A re-examination of the nature of prose fiction in English and its study from the Renaissance to the 21st century, it will become required reading for teachers and students of the novel and its history.

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