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Kipps

With an introduction by D.J. Taylor

By H.G. Wells

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A witty satire of Edwardian mores - think Evelyn Waugh with a touch of slapstick.

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...

Biographical Notes

H.G. Wells was born in Bromley, Kent in 1866. After working as a draper's apprentice and pupil-teacher, he won a scholarship to the Normal School of Science in 1884, studying under T.H. Huxley. He was awarded a first-class honours degree in biology and resumed teaching, but was forced to retire after suffering injury. The Time Machine launched his literary career in 1895, and Wells would publish more than a hundred books, including novels, histories, essays and programmes for world regeneration before his death in 1946.

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  • ISBN: 9781474602488
  • Publication date: 12 Jan 2017
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  • Imprint: W&N
You can enjoy the novel as a jolly yarn about faux pas - there's a bit of Kipps in most of us - but you also sense that Wells found its theme a little close to the bone . . . As social inequality threatens to rise, it's hard not to wonder - despite the happy ending - if Kipps belongs to Britain's future as well as its past — GUARDIAN
A disguised autobiography, an economic clarion call, a successful attempt to extend the English novel's social range . . . [Kipps] is, above all, a horribly funny book, written by a man who still believed that the most effective way of attacking something was to laugh at it — D.J. Taylor
A Dickensian comedy about one ordinary man's struggle for self-improvement — GUARDIAN
The novel combines rich comedy and biting social criticism with Dickensian verve — David Lodge, Guardian
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