includes H. G. Wells' World
Time Machine, and The Island of Doctor Moreau.
I plan for other work in the series, but I am turning back
to more creative enterprises after I finish these three works.
Editions series is meant to assist the scholar who wants a
more in-depth understanding of the primary texts. I have begun
the series with three H. G. Wells books, to start. Each book
will have a general introduction in which I trace not only
Wells' relatively humble background but also the fortuitous
accident which gave him his insight into the imaginative possibilities
of books and which led to the three major periods of his artistic
expression. At the end of each general introduction I provide
a more in-depth evaluation of the text, focusing on its societal
and critical reception. I include its publishing history and
historical antecedents, depending on the book. The
original text will also be heavily annotated, and will point
the scholar to some research in the field that is relevant
to the particular text as well as current scientific research
which can inform their reading of the text.