Herbert George Wells English author and political philosopher, most
famous for his science-fantasy novels with their prophetic depictions
the triumphs of technology as well as the horrors of 20th-century warfare.
Wells was born September 21, 1866, in Bromley, Kent, and educated at
Normal School of Science in London, to which he won a scholarship.
as a draper's apprentice, bookkeeper, tutor, and journalist until 1895,
when he became a full- time writer. Wells's 10-year relationship with
West produced a son, Anthony West, in 1914. In the next 50 years he
more than 80 books. His novel The Time Machine mingled science, adventure,
and political comment. Later works in this genre are The Invisible
The War of the Worlds, and The Shape of Things to Come; each of these
was made into a motion picture. Wells also wrote novels devoted to
delineation. Among these are Kipps and The History of Mr. Polly, which
depict members of the lower middle class and their aspirations. Both
the world of Wells's youth; the first tells the story of a struggling
the second portrays a draper's assistant. Many of Wells's other books
be categorized as thesis novels. Among these are Ann Veronica, promoting
women's rights; Tono-Bungay, attacking irresponsible capitalists; and
Britling Sees It Through, depicting the average Englishman's reaction
war. After World War I Wells wrote an immensely popular historical
The Outline of History. Throughout his long life Wells was deeply concerned
with and wrote voluminously about the survival of contemporary society.
For a time he was a member of the Fabian Society. He envisioned a utopia
in which the vast and frightening material forces available to modern
and women would be rationally controlled for progress and for the equal
good of all. His later works were increasingly pessimistic. '42 to
castigated most world leaders of the period; Mind at the End of Its
expressed the author's doubts about the ability of humankind to survive.
He also wrote An Experiment in Autobiography. Wells died August 13,