Title: The Bulpington of Blup: Adventures, Poses, Stresses, Conflicts, and Disaster in a Contemporary Brain
Author: HG Wells
Book Bound: Hard Cover without dust jacket
Publisher: Hutchinson & Co., London
Country: United Kingdom
Condition: Mild rubbing and bumping to cloth. A little dusty but very good copy for its age. Lettering on the cover faded, binding little discoloured. 40 pages of advertisements at back intact.
The Bulpington of Blup: Adventures, Poses, Stresses, Conflicts, and Disaster in a Contemporary Brain; a 1932 novel by HG Wells, is a character study analyzing the psychological sources of resistance to Wellsian ideology, and was influenced by Wells's acquaintance with Carl Gustav Jung and his ideas. Inner life of the protagonist, Theodore Bulpington, is dominated by a complex he calls "The Bulpington of Blup." This self-regarding, romantic, heroic personality comes over time to dominate his existence, falsifying his relations with the world. Theodore Bulpington develops into a pretentious fraud who finally affirms a modus vivendi of falsehood: "I am a lie. I accept it. I am a liar in a world of lies." The novel is also of interest for its extended analysis of psychological responses to World War I. It is an analysis of the psychological origins of opposition to Wellsian ideology. It concerns the inner turmoil and psychological metamorphosis of the protagonist, who is overcome by a complex that he calls "The Bulpington of Blup". This complex manifests itself as an egotistical, romantic, heroic personality that comes to dominate his entire existence and falsify his relations with the world. This antiquarian volume will appeal to fans and collectors of Wells’s seminal work, and would make for a worthy addition to any bookshelf.
‘The Bulpington of Blup Adventures, Poses, Stresses, Conflicts, and Disaster in a Contemporary Brain’ is dedicated to Odette Keun, Wells's lover from 1924 to 1933. The Bulpington of Blup did not sell as well as Wells's earlier novels.
Herbert George Wells was born in Bromley, Kent in 1866, the son of a tradesman and professional cricketer. In early life, he worked as an apprentice to a draper and in 1884 he won a scholarship to the Normal School of Science in South Kensington under the tutorage of TH Huxley. His time there was to have a lasting influence on his life and subsequent writing. Wells first found literary acclaim with The Time Machine which appeared in 1895 and was the first novel to introduce the concept of time travel. This was followed by The Wonderful Visit, The Island of Doctor Moreau, The Invisible Man and The War of the Worlds. These books alone were enough to establish an entirely new genre - that of science fiction. He was the author of a number of tracts, social and political satires, and stern warnings about the future of civilisation. A remarkably accurate prophet, he foresaw both World Wars and the atomic bomb, and the realization of these visions accounted for much of the pessimism in his later works. Wells died in 1946.
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