Books: Fairly Open Conspirator*

Fairly Open Conspirator∙

H. G. WELLS—Geoffrey West—Norton ($3)†

Except for campaign purposes or to equip a newspaper morgue, it might be considered a doubtful compliment to any man to write his biography while he is still alive. Many a Wells enthusiast, however, will agree with Biographer Geoffrey West that his subject is a fit specimen to be pickled while still breathing.

Herbert George Wells, 64, was born the son of a shopkeeper (not a grocer, as many a rumor hints) who was a cricket enthusiast, who played the game so well he was a...

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