H.G. Wells

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H.G. Wells


Born
in Bromley, Kent, England, The United Kingdom
September 21, 1866

Died
August 13, 1946

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In 1866, (Herbert George) H.G. Wells was born to a working class family in Kent, England. Young Wells received a spotty education, interrupted by several illnesses and family difficulties, and became a draper's apprentice as a teenager. The headmaster of Midhurst Grammar School, where he had spent a year, arranged for him to return as an "usher," or student teacher. Wells earned a government scholarship in 1884, to study biology under Thomas Henry Huxley at the Normal School of Science. Wells earned his bachelor of science and doctor of science degrees at the University of London. After marrying his cousin, Isabel, Wells began to supplement his teaching salary with short stories and freelance articles, then books, including The Time Machine ...more

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H.G. Wells: Seven Novels

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More books by H.G. Wells…
“We all have our time machines, don't we. Those that take us back are memories...And those that carry us forward, are dreams.”
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“If you fell down yesterday, stand up today.”
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Polls

February 2016 Old School Classic Poll

1853, Villette by Charlotte Brontë, 573 pages
 
  26 votes, 16.5%

1896, The Island of Dr. Moreau by H.G. Wells, 160 pages
 
  25 votes, 15.8%

1516, Utopia by Thomas More, 135 pages
 
  19 votes, 12.0%

 
  17 votes, 10.8%

1869, The Idiot by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, 667 pages
 
  15 votes, 9.5%

1603, Othello by William Shakespeare, 314 pages
 
  15 votes, 9.5%

 
  11 votes, 7.0%

1796, The Monk by Matthew Gregory Lewis, 386 pages
 
  9 votes, 5.7%

1678, The Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan, 324 pages
 
  7 votes, 4.4%

 
  4 votes, 2.5%

1853, Ruth by Elizabeth Gaskell, 432 pages
 
  4 votes, 2.5%

1788, Emmeline by Charlotte Turner Smith, 520 pages
 
  3 votes, 1.9%

 
  2 votes, 1.3%

1832, Indiana by George Sand, 278 pages
 
  1 vote, 0.6%

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