H.G. Wells

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H.G. Wells was born in Bromley, Kent in 1866. After working as a draper's apprentice and pupil-teacher, he won a scholarship to the Normal School of Science in 1884, studying under T. H. Huxley. He was awarded a first-class honours degree in biology and resumed teaching but had to retire after a kick from an ill-natured pupil afflicted his kidneys. He worked in poverty in London as a crammer while experimenting in journalism and stories. It was with THE TIME MACHINE (1895) that he had his real breakthrough.


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The Time Machine (1895) The Island of Doctor Moreau (1896) The Invisible Man ([1897)
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The War of the Worlds (1898) The First Men in the Moon (1901) The Food of the Gods (1904)

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