H. G. Wells: The Island of Doctor Moreau

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The Island of Doctor Moreau is a fin-de-siècle scientific romance, presciently concerned with issues of vivisection, biological modification and scientific responsibility.

The story is mostly narrated in the first person by its central character, Edward Prendick, an independently wealthy man who has studied natural history under T. H. Huxley (the late-Victorian biologist nicknamed “Darwin's bulldog” for his public advocacy of Darwin's theory of evolution). In the earliest and the most recent editions of the novel, Prendick's narrative is prefaced by his nephew who explains that the manuscript was found among his uncle's papers after his death. Until he died, Prendick claimed to have no memory of the …

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James, Simon John. "The Island of Doctor Moreau". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 22 February 2008
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