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The Country of the Blind and Other Stories is a collection of thirty-three short stories written by the English author H. G. Wells (1866–1946), first published by T. Nelson & Sons in 1911. In his introduction, Wells writes that the book is a collection of “all the short stories by me that I care for anyone to read again.” Twenty-eight of the stories were reprinted from earlier collections; the remaining five – “A Vision of Judgement”Short story by H. G. Wells published in 1899, about the Biblical day of judgement., “The Empire of the Ants”, “The Door in the Wall”Short story by H. G. Wells, first published in 1906, about a man's grieving for a magical garden he had found as a child, and desperately wants to find again., “The Country of the Blind”Short story by H. G. Wells first published in 1904, about the accidental discovery of a latter-day utopia where all the inhabitants are blind. and “The Beautiful Suit”Short story by H. G. Wells, first published in Collier's Weekly in April 1909 under the title "A Moonlight Fable". The exquisitely tailored suit of the title, made for the little man by his mother, ultimately leads to his death. – appeared in book form for the first time.[1]

Contents


Stories are shown in the order in which they appear in the book, which is not necessarily the order in which they first appeared in print.

  • The Jilting of JaneShort story by H. G. Wells first published in 1894, about an episode in the romantic life of a young maidservant who is engaged to be married.” (1894)
  • The ConeShort story by H. G. Wells first published in 1895, about one man's revenge on an artist he suspects is having an affair with his wife.” (1895)
  • The Stolen BacillusShort story by H. G. Wells first published in 1894, about an anarchist who steals what he believes to be a tube of cholera bacteria to poison London's water supply, but which is in reality harmless.” (1894)
  • The Flowering of the Strange OrchidShort story by H. G. Wells first published in 1894. A collector of orchids grows an unknown species which develops aerial rootlets that attach themselves to his skin and suck his blood.” (1894)
  • In the Avu ObservatoryShort story by H. G. Wells, about an attack by a large bat-like creature on an assistant at an observatory in Borneo.” (1894)
  • Aepyornis IslandShort story by H. G. Wells, first published in 1894, which can be read as a Robinsonade, a parable on the theme of loneliness, or simply a ripping yarn in the manner of Rudyard Kipling.” (1894)
  • “The Remarkable Case of Davidson’s Eyes” (1895)
  • The Lord of the DynamosShort story by H. G. Wells first published in 1894. It concerns a stoker employed at the Camberwell electric railway workshops who becomes convinced that a large dynamo is a deity, and kills his superior in a religious frenzy.” (1894)
  • The MothA short story by H. G. Wells first published in 1895. It concerns a bitter rivalry between two entomologists, ending with the death of one and the insanity of the other.” (1895)
  • The Treasure in the ForestShort story written by H. G. Wells and published in 1897, about the fate of two men who steal a treasure map from a Chinaman.” (1894)
  • The Story of the Late Mr. ElveshamShort story by H. G. Wells first published in 1896, about a young man whose body is taken over by an elderly philosopher.” (1896)
  • Under the KnifeShort story by H. G. Wells first published in 1896, about an out of body experience while under anaesthetic.” (1896)
  • The Sea RaidersShort story by H. G. Wells, first published in 1896, about a raid by an unknown species of octopus-like creatures on the south coast of England.” (1896)
  • The Obliterated ManShort story by H. G. Wells, first published in 1895 about a shy young man who becomes a drama critic, and the effect that decision has on his personality.” (1895)
  • The Plattner StoryShort story by H. G. Wells published in 1896, about a chemistry teacher who causes an explosion that propels him into another world.” (April 1896)
  • The Red RoomShort story by H. G. Wells first published in 1896, a horror story in the manner of Edgar Allan Poe.” (1896)
  • The Purple PileusShort story by H. G. Wells first published in 1896, about a struggling small shopkeeper whose life is transformed after consuming some magic mushrooms.” (1896)
  • A Slip Under the MicroscopeA short story by H. G. Wells first published in 1896, about the ethical dilemma faced by a student who inadvertently cheats during his botany exam.” (1896)
  • The Crystal EggShort story by H. G. Wells first published in 1897, about a dealer in antiquities who discovers a communication device between Earth and Mars.” (1897)
  • The StarShort story by H. G. Wells published in 1897, about a near collision between a comet from outer space and the Earth.” (1897)
  • The Man Who Could Work MiraclesShort story by H. G. Wells about a man who is granted the power to do anything merely by willing it to happen.” (1898)
  • A Vision of JudgmentShort story by H. G. Wells published in 1899, about the Biblical day of judgement.” (1899)
  • Jimmy Goggles the GodShort story by H. G. Wells first published in 1898, about a treasure hunter who because of his diving suit is mistaken for a god.” (1898)
  • “Miss Winchelsea’s Heart” (1898)
  • A Dream of Armageddon"A Dream of Armageddon" is an anti-war short story by H. G. Wells published in 1901.” (1901)
  • “The Valley of Spiders” (1903)
  • The New AcceleratorShort story by H. G. Wells published in 1901, concerning the effects of a fictional drug designed to speed up the human nervous system.” (1901)
  • The Truth About PyecraftShort story by H. G. Wells published in 1903, about a fat man who loses so much weight that he begins to float.” (1903)
  • The Magic ShopShort story by H. G. Wells first published in 1903, about a young boy and his father's visit to a shop selling disturbingly realistic magical illusions.” (1903)
  • “The Empire of the Ants” (1905)
  • The Door in the WallShort story by H. G. Wells, first published in 1906, about a man's grieving for a magical garden he had found as a child, and desperately wants to find again.” (1906)
  • The Country of the BlindShort story by H. G. Wells first published in 1904, about the accidental discovery of a latter-day utopia where all the inhabitants are blind.” (1904)
  • The Beautiful SuitShort story by H. G. Wells, first published in Collier's Weekly in April 1909 under the title "A Moonlight Fable". The exquisitely tailored suit of the title, made for the little man by his mother, ultimately leads to his death.” (1909)

See also


  • H. G. Wells bibliographyList of publications written by H. G. Wells during the more than fifty years of his literary career.

Citations



Bibliography


Hammond, J. R. An H. G. Wells Companion. The Macmillan Press, 1979.

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