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H G Wells - Author

About the Author

Herbert George Wells was born in 1866 in Bromley, Kent. His career as an author was fostered by an unfortunate accident as a child. He broke his leg and spent the mandatory rest period reading every book which he could find. Wells was awarded a scholarship and furthered his education at the Normal School of Science in London. It was at the Normal School that Wells came under the wing of the famous biologist Thomas H. Huxley. Wells' "science fiction" (although he never called it such)was clearly influenced by his studies at the Normal School and his interest in biology.

H.G. Wells gained fame with his first major fiction work: The Time Machine in 1895. Soon after the publication of this book, Wells followed with The Island of Dr. Moreau (1895), The Invisible Man (1897), and perhaps his most famous popular work: The War of the Worlds (1898).

Over the years Wells became concerned with the fate of human society in a world where technology and scientific study were advancing at a rapid pace. For a period he was a member of The Fabian Society, a group of social philosophers in London. Wells's later works became less science fiction and more social critique.

The accuracy of the "science" in Wells's work has often been called into question. It is rumored that Wells and the French novelist Jules Verne actually criticized each other's writing. Wells's claim was that "Verne couldn't write himself out of a paper sack" and Verne accused Wells of having "scientifically implausible ideas." The science may not be accurate, but the adventure and philosophy in those books makes Wells' early science fiction fun and fascinating to read.

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Penguin Readers Level 4: The Invisible Man (ELT Graded Reader)

Penguin Readers Level 4: The Invisible Man (ELT Graded Reader)

Author: H. G. Wells Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/05/2021

With carefully adapted text, new illustrations, language practise activities and additional online resources, the Penguin Readers series introduces language learners to bestselling authors and compelling content. Titles include popular classics, exciting contemporary fiction, and thought-provoking non-fiction. The Invisible Man, a Level 4 Reader, is A2+ in the CEFR framework. The text is made up of sentences with up to three clauses, introducing more complex uses of present perfect simple, passives, phrasal verbs and simple relative clauses. It is well supported by illustrations, which appear regularly. Griffin is a scientist, and he discovers how to make things invisible. Then he becomes invisible himself. Griffin thinks that an invisible man will have a lot of power. But life becomes more and more difficult.

Time Machine Minibook - Limited Gilt-Edged Edition

Time Machine Minibook - Limited Gilt-Edged Edition

Author: H G Wells Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/03/2021

The Door in the Wall And Other Stories

The Door in the Wall And Other Stories

Author: H G Wells, Alvin L Coburn Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/01/2021

Kipps The Story of a Simple Soul

Kipps The Story of a Simple Soul

Author: H G Wells Format: Hardback Release Date: 09/12/2020

Kipps The Story of a Simple Soul

Kipps The Story of a Simple Soul

Author: H G Wells Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/12/2020

The War in the Air

The War in the Air

Author: H G Wells Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/12/2020

The War in the Air

The War in the Air

Author: H G Wells Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/12/2020

The History of Mr. Polly

The History of Mr. Polly

Author: H G Wells Format: Hardback Release Date: 29/10/2020

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