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Polly relates the biography of Alfred Polly, a dyspeptic shopkeeper, who escapes from his humdrum existence to find happiness as general factotum at a country inn. A critical edition of The History of Mr. Polly edited with an introduction by Gordon N. Ray, was published by the Houghton Mifflin Company, USA, in 1960. This edition contains two appendices: two versions of the final page of the novel, reproduced in facsimile from the original manuscript; and a passage deleted by Wells from Chapter 4.
DIAMOND MAKER, THE. Short story, first published in the Pall Mall Budget, 1894. Included in SB and DW. The narrator meets a man who claims to know a method of manufacturing artificial diamonds. DOOR IN THE wALL, THE. Short story, first published in the Daily Chronicle, 14 July 1906. Included in CB and DW. Lionel Wallace, a prominent politician, describes a door he entered as a child and CONE, THE. An H. G. Wells Dictionary 41 which led to an enchanted garden. He is haunted by the garden for the rest of his life and longs to revisit it.
Short story, originally published in the Graphic, December 1898, and reprinted in TD and CB. A party of white men is attacked by natives off the coast of Papua but one man, the narrator, is wearing a diving helmet and is received by the natives as a god from the sea. JOAN AND PETER. Novel, published in 1918. Sub-titled 'The Story of an Education', the novel relates the schooling and adolescence of Joan Debenham and Peter Stubland. JOYS OF BEING ENGAGED, THE. First published in the Pall Mall Gazette, 1893, and reprinted in SCU.
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