The Best of H G Wells

The Best of H G Wells

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'It was like a ragged storm-cloud sweeping out the stars. Now and then one returned for a minute, and was lost again. I was now almost frantic with the horror of the coming darkness, and my self-possession deserted me...' As a short-story writer, Wells was described as 'the product of a union between Dickens and Poe'. The bulk of his stories were written early on in his career, at a time when Wells himself declared that 'life bubbled with short stories'. It was also a period that produced some of his best loved masterpieces - The Time Machine, The Island of Doctor Moreau and The Invisible Man. Wells's talent as writer went far beyond the realm of science fiction and his stories reveal a wide range of styles and themes. This unique collection gives a flavour of that versatility. Whether your preference is for ghost stories, mystery, humour or tales of alien worlds, there is something here to appeal to every taste.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 240 pages
  • 129 x 198mm
  • Phoenix (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0753819325
  • 9780753819326

About H. G. Wells

HG 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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