Books: Bottom of Wells

THE BULPINGTON OF BLUP—H. G. Wells—Macmillan ($2.50).

No matter how he troubles the waters, no matter how deeply lucid he may leave them, at the bottom of every book its author may be found. Herbert George Wells cannot hold his breath long enough to stay there: he comes bobbing up, threshes around, blows off steam at a great rate. So argumentative did his novels become that after a while they ceased to be novels, turned to Outlines of History, Sciences of Life, Salvagings of Civilization. Not since Meanwhile (1927) has he written a...

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