By H. G. Wells
Spanning the origins of the Earth to the end result of the 1st global warfare, it is a brilliantly compelling account of the evolution of lifestyles and the improvement of the human race. alongside the way in which, Wells considers such assorted matters because the Neolithic period, the increase of Judaism, the Golden Age of Athens, the lifetime of Christ, the increase of Islam, the invention of the United States and the economic Revolution. Breathtaking in its scope and passionate in its depth, this background is still probably the most readable of its type.
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24). Dickens denies the idea that somehow one舗s work and one舗s morality can be separated, that the world of making money somehow exists independently of the social situation in which it dwells and to which it contributes. There is no escape through that route. Perhaps the most striking thing about Marley舗s Ghost is its departure. It leaves through the window, and Scrooge, pursuing, looks out and for a while sees and hears a multitude of spirits, wailing in tormented remorse. The spirit world, like the world of poverty, is around us all the time, whether we are cognizant of it or not.
1851 Dickens舗s father dies. The author meets landscape painter Wilkie Collins, who has a gift for mystery writing; Dickens admires him greatly. Dickens舗s theater troupe performs before Queen Victoria. 1852 Christmas Books collects A Christmas Carol, The Chimes, The Cricket on the Hearth, The Battle of Life, and The Haunted Man and the Ghost舗s Bargain. 1854 As he begins composing Hard Times, Dickens goes to Preston, where workers had been on strike since October of the previous year. 舡 He observes a speaker who influences his depiction of Mr.
There is good psychological sense to this, not mere clockwork chronology Just as, through the visit of Scrooge舗s nephew, Dickens demonstrates that Scrooge舗s antipathy to Christmas is not a matter of money, so in order to bring Scrooge out of his spiritual morass he must be brought back to a time before he had money: The root issue must be sought. The Spirit舗s grip is ineluctable舒do not we all know the irresistible pull of the past, that thing or moment we remember and wish we could not, or recall and wish we could relive?
A Short History of the World by H. G. Wells