H. G. Wells

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Boon is a satirical novel by H. G. Wells, originally published in 1915. The book presents itself as the creation of a fictional character named Reginald Bliss (Wells initially denied being the true author). The book itself is about Bliss making a book out of the fragmentary writings of a man called George Boon, an author who has recently died. Attributing his death to depression caused by the war, Bliss is disappointed by what he finds among Boon's papers - 'nothing but fragments' and 'a curious abundance of queer little drawings'. The significance of the novel lies in its contribution to Wells's ongoing literary discourse with the author Henry James, who is humorously depicted in the story. Notably, Wells also takes the opportunity to poke fun at his own beliefs, particularly his cherished concept of humanity's shared consciousness, raising doubts and ridiculing it within the pages of the book.

This book has 48,566 words, 93 pages in the PDF version, and was originally published in 1915.

Production notes: This ebook of Boon was published by Global Grey in 2019, and updated on the 21st June 2023. The artwork used for the cover is 'The Artist's Father, Reading' by Paul Cézanne.

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