When the Sleeper Wakes

TitleWhen the Sleeper Wakes
Year for Search1899
AuthorsWells, H[erbert] G[eorge](1866-1946)
Tertiary AuthorsWells, H. G.
Date Published1899
PublisherHarper & Bros
Place PublishedNew York
KeywordsEnglish author, Male author
Annotation

Archetypal Wells dystopia in which class divisions have worsened. Rural life has disappeared and been replaced with great class-stratified cities. Religion, and everything else, has to be profit-making. 

Additional Publishers

Originally pub. in The Graphic 59 (January 7 - May 6, 1899): 9-11, 41-43, 73-75, 105-07, 137-39, 169-71, 201-03, 233-35, 265-67, 297-99, 329-31, 361-63, 393-95, 433-35, 465-67, 497-99, 529-31, 561-63. Rpt. in Harper’s Weekly 43.219 4 - 2211 (January 7 - May 6, 1899): 11-13; 39-40; 65-69; 93-95; 117-19; 141-42; 165-67; 191-93; 215-17; 239-41; 263-65; 287-88; 311-13; 339-41; 376-77; 399-401; 427-28; 451-53. Rpt. as “The Sleeper Awakes” in The Works of H. G. Wells Atlantic Edition. Volume II The Island of Doctor Moreau The Sleeper Awakes (New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1924), 173-480. Except for later critical editions, The Atlantic Edition is generally considered the best text of Wells’s works. Also rpt. in Amazing Stories Quarterly 1.1 (Winter 1928): 55-126, 136; ed. John Lawton. London: Everyman, 1994. Later ed. entitled The Sleeper Wakes. London: Thomas Nelson, 1910. Rpt. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2000; ed. Patrick Parrinder. London: Penguin Books, 2005, with an “Introduction” by Patrick Parrinder (xiii-xxvii), a “Note on the Text” by Patrick Parrinder (xxix-xxxvi), and “Notes” by Andy Sawyer (235-52); and ed. John Sutherland. Peterborough, ON, Canada: Broadview Editions, 2019, with an “Introduction” by Sutherland (9-41), “A Note on the Text” (43-46), “Appendix A: Contemporary Reviews” (61-65), “Appendix B: Two Prefaces and an ‘Afterword’” (267-71), “Appendix C: Illustrations by Henri Lanos” (273-76), “Appendix C: Utopian Quarrels [Brief excerpts from Hudson, A Crystal Age; Morris, News From Nowhere; and Bellamy, Looking Backward]” (277-88), “Appendix D: Film Versions of When the Sleeper Wakes (289-90), and “Works Cited and Select Bibliography” (291-92). Esperanto ed. as La Dormanto Vekigás. Tradukita De A. Frank. London: Esperanto Pub. Co., 1929.

Title Note

Cover adds A Story of the Years to Come.

Illustration

The Graphic version illus. by Henri Lanos.

Holding Institutions

L, L Newspaper, Merril

Author Note

(1866-1946)

Full Text

1899 Wells, H[erbert] G[eorge] (1866-1946). When the Sleeper Wakes. [Cover adds A Story of the Years to Come]. New York: Harper & Bros. Originally pub. illus. by Henri Lanos in The Graphic 59 (January 7 - May 6, 1899): 9-11, 41-43, 73-75, 105-07, 137-39, 169-71, 201-03, 233-35, 265-67, 297-99, 329-31, 361-63, 393-95, 433-35, 465-67, 497-99, 529-31, 561-63. Rpt. in Harper’s Weekly 43.219 4 - 2211 (January 7 - May 6, 1899): 11-13; 39-40; 65-69; 93-95; 117-19; 141-42; 165-67; 191-93; 215-17; 239-41; 263-65; 287-88; 311-13; 339-41; 376-77; 399-401; 427-28; 451-53. Rpt. as “The Sleeper Awakes” in The Works of H. G. Wells Atlantic Edition. Volume II The Island of Doctor Moreau The Sleeper Awakes (New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1924), 173-480. Except for later critical editions, The Atlantic Edition is generally considered the best text of Wells’s works. Also rpt. with some of the Lanos illustrations in Amazing Stories Quarterly 1.1 (Winter 1928): 55-126, 136; ed. John Lawton. London: Everyman, 1994. Later ed. entitled The Sleeper Wakes. London: Thomas Nelson, 1910. Rpt. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2000; ed. Patrick Parrinder. London: Penguin Books, 2005, with an “Introduction” by Patrick Parrinder (xiii-xxvii), a “Note on the Text” by Patrick Parrinder (xxix-xxxvi), and “Notes” by Andy Sawyer (235-52); and ed. John Sutherland. Peterborough, ON, Canada: Broadview Editions, 2019, with an “Introduction” by Sutherland (9-41), “A Note on the Text” (43-46), “Appendix A: Contemporary Reviews” (61-65), “Appendix B: Two Prefaces and an ‘Afterword’” (267-71), “Appendix C: Illustrations by Henri Lanos” (273-76), “Appendix C: Utopian Quarrels [Brief excerpts from Hudson, A Crystal Age; Morris, News From Nowhere; and Bellamy, Looking Backward]” (277-88), “Appendix D: Film Versions of When the Sleeper Wakes (289-90), and “Works Cited and Select Bibliography” (291-92). Esperanto ed. as La Dormanto Vekigás. Tradukita De A. Frank. London: Esperanto Pub. Co., 1929. L, L Newspaper, Merril

Archetypal Wells dystopia in which class divisions have worsened. Rural life has disappeared and been replaced with great class-stratified cities. Religion, and everything else, has to be profit-making.