9780803261624

The Wonder

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  • ISBN13:

    9780803261624

  • ISBN10:

    0803261624

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1999-10-01
  • Publisher: Univ of Nebraska Pr
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Summary

Nothing will ever mystify or challenge the Wonder. He masters entire libraries and languages with little effort. No equation, no problem is too difficult to solve. His casual conversations with ministers and philosophers decimate their vaunted beliefs and crush their cherished intellectual ambitions. The Wonder compels obedience and silence with a glance. His mother idolizes him as a god. Yet no one is more hated or alone than the Wonder. This is the chilling tale of Victor Stott, an English boy born thousands of years ahead of his time. Raised in the village of Hampdenshire, the strangely proportioned young Victor possesses mental abilities vastly superior to those of his fellow villagers. The incomprehensible intellect and powers of the Wonder inspire awe, provoke horror, and eventually threaten to rip apart Hampdenshire. Long recognized as a classic of speculative fiction but never before widely available,The Wonderis one of the first novels about a "superman." J. D. Beresford's subtle and intriguing story of a boy with superhuman abilities paved the way for such noted works as Philip Wylie'sGladiatorand A. E. van Vogt'sSlan.

Author Biography

J. D. Beresford (1873Ð1947), a noted British writer of speculative fiction, wrote such novels as “What Dreams May Come . . . ,” The Riddle of the Tower, and Goslings. Jack L. Chalker is the author of the classic novels Midnight at the Well of Souls and Web of the Chozen and the popular Rings of the Master and Dancing Gods series.

Table of Contents

PART I MY EARLY ASSOCIATIONS WITH GINGER STOTT
The Motive
3(11)
Notes for a Biography of Ginger Stott
14(38)
The Disillusionment of Ginger Stott
52(13)
PART II THE CHILDHOOD OF THE WONDER
The Manner of His Birth
65(21)
His Departure from Stoke-Underhill
86(15)
His Father's Desertion
101(12)
His Debt to Henry Challis
113(26)
His First Visit to Challis Court
139(12)
Interlude
145(6)
PART II (continued) THE WONDER AMONG BOOKS
His Passage Through the Prison of Knowledge
151(24)
His Pastors and Masters
175(14)
His Examination
189(24)
Fugitive
213(6)
PART III MY ASSOCIATION WITH THE WONDER
How I Went to Pym to Write a Book
219(11)
The Incipience of My Subjection to the Wonder
230(21)
The Progress and Relaxation of My Subjection
251(17)
Release
268(15)
Implications
283(6)
Epilogue: The Uses of Mystery 289

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