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Kipps: The Story of a Simple Soul is a novel by H.G. Wells, first published in 1905.


Artie Kipps is an orphan, raised by his uncle and aunt, and then apprenticed for 7 years as a draper (based on Wells's own experience). However, his life suddenly changes when he discovers through reading a newspaper that he is the grandson of a wealthy gentleman. He inherits his fortune and is abruptly thrown into upper class society, and struggles to learn about etiquette and the rules of public society; he soon discovers what it is to be a true gentleman.


Kipps has been adapted for other media several times. In 1921, a silent film version set in Folkestone, and (for the final scene) shot on location in Canterbury. The 1941 adaptation starred Michael Redgrave in the title role.

Kipps was adapted into the stage musical Half a Sixpence by David Heneker and Beverley Cross. It was originally mounted on London's West End as a star vehicle for Tommy Steele, and transferred to Broadway (with Steele) in the 1965-1966 season. It was filmed in 1967, again with Steele in the starring role.

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