The Definitive Time Machine:
A Critical Edition of H.G. Wells’s Scientific Romance

Edited with introduction and notes by Harry M. Geduld


Acknowledgments ix
A Brief Chronology through 1895  x
Introduction 1
The Time Machine       
(Text of the Atlantic Edition, 1924)
Notes    91
Probable Route of the Time Traveller  121
Select Bibliography 122
After The Time Machine 128
Adaptations and Spin-offs  130
A P P E N D I X E S  
      i. The Chronic Argonauts  135
      ii. The Second and Third Versions 153
      iii. The National Observer Time Machine  154
      iv. The New Review Time Machine: Two Excerpts 175
      v. Correlation of the Holt Edition with the New Review 181
          Version and the Atlantic Edition  
      vi. Correlation of the Heinemann Edition and the 183
          Atlantic Edition  
      vii. The Time Traveller Visits the Past 184
      viii. How to Construct a Time Machine, by Alfred Jarry 189
      ix. Robert Paul and The Time Machine, by Terry Ramsaye 196
      x. Hinton and Newcomb on the Fourth Dimension 204
      xi. Beowulf and The Time Machine:  211
          A Note on Analogues, by Harry M. Geduld  
      xii. The Heaven of the Time-Machine, by Louis Untermeyer 214

Extra footnotes to “How to Construct a Time Machine” by Alfred Jarry:

— From Selected Works of Alfred Jarry, edited by Roger Shattuck and Simon Watson Taylor. New York: Grove Press, 1965. Reprinted here by permission of Grove Press, Inc. The piece originally appeared in the February 1899 issue of the Mercure de France under the title: “Commentaire pour servir à la construction pratique de la machine à explorer le temps.”

Keith Beaumont comments: "This lengthy article—whose author was given, in the Mercure, as ‘Dr. Faustroll’—was inspired by H. G. Wells’s The Time Machine which had recently appeared in a French translation by Henry Davray. Where Wells was interested primarily in the uses to which such a machine might be put, Jarry was fascinated by the idea of the machine. He was of course as aware as anyone of the inherent contradictions, not to say absurdities, of such a notion, but far from wishing to expose such contradictions, he set out to play with them” (Keith Beaumont, Alfred Jarry: A Critical and Biographical Study. New York: St Martin’s Press, 1984, pp. 333-34.

— Professor Shattuck writes that Paul Valéry “at the beginning of his career (in an essay inspired by H. G. Wells) developed his theory of the symbol as a “‘time machine’ that fuses and embodies different states” (Paul Valéry, Occasions, translated by Roger Shattuck and Frederick Brown with an Introduction by Roger Shattuck [Princeton: at the University Press, 1970], xxix).

SOURCE: Wells, H. G. The Definitive Time Machine: A Critical Edition of H.G. Wells’s Scientific Romance, edited with introduction and notes by Harry M. Geduld. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1987. Contents, pp. vii-viii.

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