The Wonder is the shorted title from the original, The Hampdenshire Wonder, first published in 1911. It is one of the first science fiction novels describing a wunderkind. Victor Stott, the son of a famous cricket player, has a slight deformity accounting for his extraordinarily powerful brain. The character may be Beresford's reference to his mentor, H.G. Wells's father, Joseph Wells. [Illustration by Rudolf Wilke, The Wunderkind, 1896.]
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