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The Wonder

The Wonder

The Wonder Paperback - 1999

by J. D. Beresford

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University of Nebraska Press, 1999. Paperback. Good. Disclaimer:A copy that has been read, but remains in clean condition. All pages are intact, and the cover is intact. The spine may show signs of wear. Pages can include limited notes and highlighting, and the copy can include previous owner inscriptions. An ex-library book and may have standard library stamps and/or stickers. At ThriftBooks, our motto is: Read More, Spend Less.Dust jacket quality is not guaranteed.
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  • Title The Wonder
  • Author J. D. Beresford
  • Binding Paperback
  • Edition First Printing
  • Condition Used - Good
  • Pages 297
  • Volumes 1
  • Language ENG
  • Publisher University of Nebraska Press, Lincoln
  • Date 1999
  • Bookseller's Inventory # G0803261624I3N10
  • ISBN 9780803261624 / 0803261624
  • Weight 0.72 lbs (0.33 kg)
  • Dimensions 7.96 x 5.32 x 0.64 in (20.22 x 13.51 x 1.63 cm)
  • Themes
    • Cultural Region: British
  • Library of Congress subjects Science fiction
  • Library of Congress Catalog Number 99035542
  • Dewey Decimal Code FIC

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From the rear cover

Nothing will ever mystify or challenge the Wonder. He masters entire libraries and languages with little effort. No equation, no problem is too difficult to solve.

His casual conversations with ministers and philosophers decimate their vaunted beliefs and crush their cherished intellectual ambitions. The Wonder compels obedience and silence with a glance. His mother idolizes him as a god. Yet no one is more hated or alone than the Wonder.

This is the chilling tale of Victor Stott, an English boy born thousands of years ahead of his time. Raised in the village of Hampdenshire, the strangely proportioned young Victor possesses mental abilities vastly superior to those of his fellow villagers. The incomprehensible intellect and powers of the Wonder inspire awe, provoke horror, and eventually threaten to rip apart Hampdenshire.

Long recognized as a classic of speculative fiction but never before widely available, The Wonder is one of the first novels about a "superman". J.D. Beresford's subtle and intriguing story of a boy with superhuman abilities paved the way for such noted works as Philip Wylie's Gladiator and A. E. van Vogt's Slan.


About the author

J. D. Beresford (1873-1947), a noted British writer of speculative fiction, wrote such novels as "What Dreams May Come . . .," The Riddle of the Tower, and Goslings. Jack L. Chalker is the author of the classic novels Midnight at the Well of Souls and Web of the Chozen and the popular Rings of the Master and Dancing Gods series.