H.G. Wells: Seven Novels (Library of Essential Writers Series)

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Through his fiction, H.G. Wells transformed some fo the most pressing social, political, and cultrual issues of hsi day - class struggle, colonial imperialism, uncontrolled scientific experimentation, nation building - into the raw material of brilliant speculative fables.

The seven novels collected in this literary omnibus - The Time Machine, The Island of Dr. Moreau, The Invisible Man, The War of the Worlds, The First Men in the Moon, The Food of the Gods, In the Days of the ...

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Through his fiction, H.G. Wells transformed some fo the most pressing social, political, and cultrual issues of hsi day - class struggle, colonial imperialism, uncontrolled scientific experimentation, nation building - into the raw material of brilliant speculative fables.

The seven novels collected in this literary omnibus - The Time Machine, The Island of Dr. Moreau, The Invisible Man, The War of the Worlds, The First Men in the Moon, The Food of the Gods, In the Days of the Comet - were all written at the turn of the twentieth century and with them Wells helped to lay the foundations of modern science fiction.

H.G. Wells: Seven Novels is a part of Barnes & Noble's Library of Essential Writers. Each title in the series presents the finest works - complete and unabridged - from one of the greatest writers in literature in magnificent, elegantly designed hard-back editions. Every volume also includes an original introduction that provides the reader with enlightening information on the writer's life and works.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780760774991
  • Publisher: Sterling Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/25/2006
  • Series: Library of Essential Writers Series
  • Pages: 928
  • Product dimensions: 6.62 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.87 (d)

Meet the Author

H. G. Wells
H. G. Wells
"Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe," H. G. Wells once said. Widely revered as the father of science fiction, the English novelist, journalist, sociologist, and historian penned ominous -- and educated -- glimpses at humanity's possible future, including The Time Machine (1895), The Invisible Man (1897), and The War of the Worlds (1898).

Biography

Social philosopher, utopian, novelist, and "father" of science fiction and science fantasy, Herbert George Wells was born on September 21, 1866, in Bromley, Kent. His father was a poor businessman, and young Bertie's mother had to work as a lady's maid. Living "below stairs" with his mother at an estate called Uppark, Bertie would sneak into the grand library to read Plato, Swift, and Voltaire, authors who deeply influenced his later works. He shoed literary and artistic talent in his early stories and paintings, but the family had limited means, and when he was fourteen years old, Bertie was sent as an apprentice to a dealer in cloth and dry goods, work he disliked.

He held jobs in other trades before winning a scholarship to study biology at the Normal School of Science in London. The eminent biologist T. H. Huxley, a friend and proponent of Darwin, was his teacher; about him Wells later said, "I believed then he was the greatest man I was ever likely to meet." Under Huxley's influence, Wells learned the science that would inspire many of his creative works and cultivated the skepticism about the likelihood of human progress that would infuse his writing.

Teaching, textbook writing, and journalism occupied Wells until 1895, when he made his literary debut with the now-legendary novel The Time Machine, which was followed before the end of the century by The Island of Dr. Moreau, The Invisible Man, and The War of the Worlds, books that established him as a major writer. Fiercely critical of Victorian mores, he published voluminously, in fiction and nonfiction, on the subject of politics and social philosophy. Biological evolution does not ensure moral progress, as Wells would repeat throughout his life, during which he witnessed two world wars and the debasement of science for military and political ends.

In addition to social commentary presented in the guise of science fiction, Wells authored comic novels like Love and Mrs. Lewisham, Kipps, and The History of Mister Polly that are Dickensian in their scope and feeling, and a feminist novel, Ann Veronica. He wrote specific social commentary in The New Machiavelli, an attack on the socialist Fabian Society, which he had joined and then rejected, and literary parody (of Henry James) in Boon. He wrote textbooks of biology, and his massive The Outline of History was a major international bestseller.

By the time Wells reached middle age, he was admired around the world, and he used his fame to promote his utopian vision, warning that the future promised "Knowledge or extinction." He met with such preeminent political figures as Lenin, Roosevelt, and Stalin, and continued to publish, travel, and educate during his final years. Herbert George Wells died in London on August 13, 1946.

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In 1891, Wells married his cousin Isabel. However, he eventually left her for one of his brightest students, Amy Catherine, whom he married in 1895.

Wells was once interviewed on the radio by an extremely nervous Orson Welles. The two are unrelated, of course.

Many of Wells's novels became film adaptations, including The Island of Dr. Moreau, filmed in 1996 by Richard Stanley and John Frankenheimer, and The Time Machine, filmed in 2002 by Wells's great-grandson, Simon Wells.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Herbert George Wells (full name)
    1. Date of Birth:
      September 21, 1866
    2. Place of Birth:
      Bromley, Kent, England
    1. Date of Death:
      August 13, 1946
    2. Place of Death:
      London, England

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  • Posted May 1, 2013

    I need this to be clear to other buyers. This is not a Barnes a

    I need this to be clear to other buyers. This is not a Barnes and Noble Leatherbound Classic. This is part of the CC lineup and will not match the dimensions of the other books in the BN collection. It is leather and it is a classic series of HG Wells books, just not part of the BN LBC lineup. Same with the Verne novel as well. I was a bit surprised when i received mine. Other than that, it is fantastic.

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  • Posted March 1, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    War of the Worlds and other stories

    This collection by H.G. Wells is a very nice book. The binding is sturdy, the paper is heavy, and the cover is quite pleasing to the eye. The stories themselves are also very good, the plots are all very well thought out. I am not a big fan of the writing style of H.G. Wells, as he tends to be dragged off onto tangents from time to time and include details that have no pertinence to the story. His writing style is clearly from the early 1900's and late 1800's, which is not a con all the time, but I found it to be one in this case. The stories were absolutely groundbreaking for their time, and have inspired many science fiction authors from C.S. Louis to H.P. Lovecraft. All in all I liked this collection, although I admit I did not read all 7 novels, I have only read 3 of them, but the style seems to be pretty consistent. If one is interested in science fiction, I would also recommend C.S. Lewis's space trilogy, and the complete collection of H.P. Lovecraft, I have provided a link to these books to the left of the page for those interested.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2009

    Seven of H. G. Wells Greatest All In One Volume

    This is a must have for all fans of H. G. Wells, Science Fiction, and classic literature in general. I have read each of these works individually and have always wanted a nice edition that contained them all. Now it is here and at a great price too.

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  • Posted October 20, 2008

    the grandfather of Sci-Fi !

    this book contains 7 of Wells' novels, all in a nice looking hardcover.<BR/>this is a limited special edition collection from Barnes and Noble, I highly recommend this if your wanting to read these 7 novels at a great price.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2001

    Great Read

    This series, the Great Illustrated Classics, is wonderful for the struggling reader. He or she still gets a taste of those wonderful stories we 'old fogies' read when we were children, but at a level he or she can enjoy. I had remedial readers eating them up...they couldn't get enough of them!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2014

    The book arrived in excellent condition.  I wish it would have h

    The book arrived in excellent condition.  I wish it would have had the cover.

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