Certain Personal Matters Pdf
Certain Personal Matters is an 1897 collection of essays selected by H. G. Wells from among the many short essays and ephemeral pieces he had written since 1893. The book consists of thirty-nine pieces ranging from about eight hundred to two thousand words in length. A one-shilling reprint (two shillings in cloth) was issued in 1901 by T. Fisher Unwin. The essays in Certain Personal Matters are written from a consistent first-person perspective, but only one (ironically, given the title) describes an identifiable event in Wells’s life—how he responded to being diagnosed with tuberculosis in the fall of 1887.
Certain Personal Matters Summary
The essays in Certain Personal Matters rely on stock characters that Wells developed in his early days as a writer. This vein was inspired by his reading of When a Man’s Single, an 1888 novel by J.M. Barrie, in which a character explains that saleable articles can be devised from everyday things like pipes, umbrellas, and flower pots. According to biographer David C. Smith, one character is “probably based on his father (and perhaps partly on his older brothers), another based on his mother apparently (although the character is always referred to as an ‘aunt’, which may be somewhat symbolic), and a third character, ‘Euphemia’. This last is usually thought to be a portrait of Jane Wells, though the figure may have some traits of Isabel as well.”
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Name Of the Novel: Certain Personal Matters
Author: H. G. Wells
Original title: Certain Personal Matters: A Collection of Material, Mainly Autobiographical
Publisher: Lawrence & Bullen
Publication date: 1897
Preceded by: The Invisible Man
Followed by: The War of the Worlds
Book Type: Pdf / ePub
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