The King Who Was A King – H. G. Wells (1929) (1st ed.)


The King Who Was A King – H. G. Wells (1929) (1st ed.)


Title: The King Who Was A King

Author: H. G. Wells

Publisher: Ernest Benn, London, 1929. First edition.

Condition: Hardcover, fair. Stain to top right corner of cover and foxing throughout. Inscription to ffep. Text clean, binding tight. 254pp. App. 8″ by 5″.

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An interesting imaginary film in the form of a book, where H. G. Wells describes how the film should be directed and produced, the music, the titles, the set, etc.

Excerpt from the second chapter:

“The ordinary film to-day opens very raggedly, with unmeaning decorations and distracting irrelevant matter. I would reduce and simplify all this preliminary stuff as much as possible. For example there is the long list it is customary to give of the names of people who have contributed to the making of the film. Few of them are known well enough to arouse serious expectation or prepare the mind of the audience in any way, and all this and the advertisement of the entrepreneurs, the animated trade-marks and so on, would be better deferred until the end, when the audience is grateful for and excited by its entertainment and anxious to know whom it has to thank.