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The 1897 'Pearsons' Version Of TWOTW
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Posted 21/09/2008 13:57


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Quote: I wish I had either of those! I only have later editions. I've read both versions, though (pearsons and novel). It's interesting that Wells hated Goble's illustrations, isn't it?

Hmmm, is it recorded that Wells disliked the pictures ? Who is Goble, did he know HG Wells ?

How about this theory : Wells asked Goble for illustrations to his new novel. He sees them and ads them to his book. Then he re-reads his book again and feels to put some comments in, regarding the pictures. Using his comments he makes the tripods look even fiercer than the pictures in the original 1897/98 publishing depict them.

This is 1898. These are probably the very first pictures of aliens in modern literature. Sitting at a fireside on a late summers night in 1898 in a victorian home, reading this book, one must have been terrified . Nevermind the unabriged version with the "poor soul" left to die in Wimbledon Stadium. Three-legged monsters, legs flexible or girdered, both must have been very scary in those days.

I don't want to dare comparing with anything similar at present-times. Much has been seen since 1898....

 

 

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Posted 21/09/2008 15:22


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I agree, we are desensitived to images of organic-machinery. The heat ray idea wouldnt be shocking at all now either. That is one of the difficulties with trying to make a visual interpretation of the book. And maybe it was a rewrite, like Tolkein and the hobbit.  Or maybe the art work was commissioned and he didnt see it until it was published.

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Posted 21/09/2008 17:30




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Warwick Goble was a well known artist of the day and illustrated a few other stories in Pearsons.

The problem wth his TWoTW illustrations is that he seems to have taken Wells' descriptions of the tripods a little too literally (an easy mistake to make considering that they are quite vague) and Wells thought them too stiff.

He loved Alvim Correa's work and wholeheartedly backed him when he offered his version of the machines.

Some people today think Correa's tripods are a little weird, with their big googly eyes and whatnot. But Wells thought differently in that they had the otherwordly quality he was trying to get over in his work.


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Posted 21/09/2008 17:50


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The Correa pictures have got some mystique around them. At first glance they look comical, but then, looking longer, somewhat very eerie...

I'd love to have the 1906 French edition which, if I remember rightly, is the only edition with the illustrations. But it seems to be much too rare to crop up somewhere. I've got some really rare stuff on-line (Commodore CDTV-CR, sealed 1978 TWOTW box, Iron Soldier 3 for NUON) but this book beats me.

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Posted 15/11/2011 19:30


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I have been very [i]very[/i] suprised that no anniversary edition of TWoTW has been published containing all the Goble illustrations, even a Correa version. Missed oppourtunity.  
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Posted 04/08/2013 15:29


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I'd love a re-release with those illustrations !

Bring it on !!!!!
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