H. G. Wells: Kipps

(1154 words)

Kipps has remained more or less constantly in print since it was first published in 1905 and was one of Wells’ best-selling novels in his lifetime.

Arthur Kipps is raised by his uncle and aunt in New Romney, where he befriends the children next door, Sid and Ann Pornick. After finishing school, Kipps is sent away to be apprenticed to a draper. Inspired by a paragraph in the magazine Tit-Bits, he and Ann divide a sixpence between them as a keepsake.

Kipps is poorly treated and barely educated by his pompous draper employer Shalford, who is interested only in getting the most out of his apprentice for the least possible expenditure. Unsatisfied with the possibilities for mental improvement in …

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James, Simon John. "Kipps". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 23 October 2008
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