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First published in 1927, Deluge is one of the most famous of the English catastrophe novels. Beautifully written and action packed--RKO Radio Pictures even filmed this story--the novel depicts a flood so severe that it destroys modern civilization, leaving the few survivors to adapt to the rigors of the natural world. Like other English writers responding to the trauma of World War I, Sydney Fowler Wright expresses a loathing of the worst aspects of industrialization. The flood, in his view, becomes an opportunity for the remaking of society. The protagonists soon realize that civilization and technology have divorced them from the knowledge and skills necessary for survival. Released from their over-reliance on social regulation, they struggle to overcome their own brutality to develop a new sense of community. For over 75 years readers have praised this book for its style and wisdom, and debated the meaning of its controversial ending. This Wesleyan edition is graced with an excellent introduction and annotations by leading science fiction scholar Brian Stableford.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents
  2. p. v
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. p. vii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. xi-lviii
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  1. Deluge
  2. p. lix
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  1. Prelude
  2. pp. 1-5
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  1. BOOK I. Martin and Helen
  2. pp. 7-38
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  1. BOOK II. Claire
  2. pp. 39-76
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  1. BOOK III. Martin and Claire
  2. pp. 77-147
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  1. BOOK IV. Helen and Claire
  2. pp. 149-219
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  1. BOOK V. Three
  2. pp. 221-300
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  1. Appendix: Fowler Wrights's Prefoace to the Second Edition of Deluge
  2. pp. 301-305
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 307-322
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 323-329
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780819570673
Related ISBN
9780819566591
MARC Record
OCLC
731694968
Pages
393
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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