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The War of the Wheels
H. G. Wells and the Bicycle

Jeremy Withers

Hardcover $60.00L    |    978-0-8156-3503-1    |    2017

Paper $29.95s    |    978-0-8156-3526-0    |    2017

ebook 978-0-8156-5403-2

The father of science fiction and the significance of the bicycle in his works.

Jeremy Withers interview on Just Go Bike podcast.
https://soundcloud.com/justgobike/episode-23-science-fiction-and-bicycles

"A readable and fascinating...study. Recommended."—Choice

"Even in the 21st century, Wells still speaks to our fears and dreams."—the Washington Post

"Withers shows there’s more to Wells and bicycles than two hackneyed quotes and a novel that doesn't deserve the respect some shower on it, that across a range of novels, short-stories and non-fiction pieces Wells had a lot to say about the bicycle, both praising it and criticising it."—Podium Café

"Withers presents the reader with a masterly interpretation of H.G. Wells’s passion for the bicycle, both in his writings and in real life....This book should be required reading for cycle historians and Wellsian enthusiasts but also for those interested in the nexus connecting transport and social change at the turn of the twentieth century."—Glen Norcliffe, Professor Emeritus of Geography, York University, Toronto

"The humble bicycle comes to life in The War of the Wheels as intimately connected with issues of environment, warfare, social change, sexuality, and writing. Its analysis of a whole range of Wells’s books, many of them rarely read, is equally welcome. Jeremy Withers will give readers of Victorian and modernist literature a whole new view of technology and literature, at a delightfully unexpected angle."—Sarah Cole, professor of English and comparative literature, Columbia University

"A fascinating read: not just about one author and one mode of transport, but about modernity, ecology, and technology more broadly."—Simon J. James, Department of English Studies, Durham University

  The War of the Wheels

Wells and his wife Jane
Photograph of Wells and his wife Jane standing behind tandem bicycle.
  Jeremy Withers is assistant professor of English at Iowa State University. He is the coeditor of Culture on Two Wheels: The Bicycle in Literature and Film.

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