H. G. Wells

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  • Patrick Parrinder (University of Reading)

Herbert George Wells, novelist, educator, and social prophet, was born on 21 September 1866 in Bromley, Kent, where his father kept an unsuccessful china shop. He attended Mrs Knotts dame school before proceeding to the Bromley Academy, a private school for tradesmen's sons run by Thomas Morley where book-keeping, arithmetic and copperplate handwriting were the principal subjects of study. At the age of twelve or thirteen Wells produced The Desert Daisy (published posthumously in 1957), a humorous comic-strip narrative attributed to the immortal Buss (his family nickname, but doubtless a reference to the inimitable Boz, a pseudonym used by Charles Dickens.). By this time he was Morley's star pupil, being placed first in all …

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Parrinder, Patrick. "H. G. Wells". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 02 March 2001
[http://www.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=4657, accessed 26 May 2016.]

Articles on Wells' works

  1. A Modern Utopia
  2. Kipps
  3. The First Men in the Moon
  4. The Invisible Man
  5. The Island of Doctor Moreau
  6. The Time Machine
  7. The War of the Worlds
  8. Tono-Bungay

Related Groups

  1. Utopias/ Utopian Thought and Fiction
  2. Speculative and Science Fiction