While its predecessors, The Time Machine and The Island of Doctor Moreau, were written using first-person narrators, Wells adopts a third-person objective point of view in The Invisible Man.
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During his own lifetime, however, he was most prominent as a forward-looking, even prophetic social critic who devoted his literary talents to the development of a progressive vision on a global scale. A futurist, he wrote a number of utopian works and foresaw the advent of aircraft, tanks, space travel, nuclear weapons, satellite television and something resembling the World Wide Web. His science fiction imagined time travel, alien invasion, invisibility, and biological engineering. Brian Aldiss referred to Wells as the "Shakespeare of science fiction". Wells rendered his works convincing by instilling commonplace detail alongside a single extraordinary assumption - dubbed "Wells's law" - leading Joseph Conrad to hail him in 1898 as "O Realist of the Fantastic!". His most notable science fiction works include The Time Machine (1895), The Island of Doctor Moreau (1896), The Invisible Man (1897), The War of the Worlds (1898) and the military science fiction The War in the Air (1907). Wells was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature four times.
Wells's earliest specialised training was in biology, and his thinking on ethical matters took place in a specifically and fundamentally Darwinian context. He was also from an early date an outspoken socialist, often (but not always, as at the beginning of the First World War) sympathising with pacifist views. His later works became increasingly political and didactic, and he wrote little science fiction, while he sometimes indicated on official documents that his profession was that of journalist. Novels such as Kipps and The History of Mr Polly, which describe lower-middle-class life, led to the suggestion that he was a worthy successor to Charles Dickens,but Wells described a range of social strata and even attempted, in Tono-Bungay (1909), a diagnosis of English society as a whole. A diabetic, Wells co-founded the charity The Diabetic Association (known today as Diabetes UK) in 1934
Herbert George Wells was born at Atlas House, 162 High Street in Bromley, Kent, on 21 September 1866. Called "Bertie" in the family, he was the fourth and last child of Joseph Wells (a former domestic gardener, and at the time a shopkeeper and professional cricketer) and his wife, Sarah Neal (a former domestic servant). An inheritance had allowed the family to acquire a shop in which they sold china and sporting goods, although it failed to prosper: the stock was old and worn out, and the location was poor. Joseph Wells managed to earn a meagre income, but little of it came from the shop and he received an unsteady amount of money from playing professional cricket for the Kent county team. Payment for skilled bowlers and batsmen came from voluntary donations afterwards, or from small payments from the clubs where matches were played.
Date of Birth:September 21, 1866
Date of Death:August 13, 1946
Place of Birth:Bromley, Kent, England
Place of Death:London, England
Education:Normal School of Science, London, England
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Table of Contents
Chapter I The Strange Man's Arrival 9
Chapter II Mr Teddy Henfrey's First Impressions 17
Chapter III The Thousand and One Bottles 24
Chapter IV Mr Cuss Interviews the Stranger 31
Chapter V The Burglary at the Vicarage 39
Chapter VI The Furniture That Went Mad 43
Chapter VII The Unveiling of the Stranger 49
Chapter VIII In Transit 60
Chapter IX Mr Thomas Marvel 61
Chapter X Mr Marvel's Visit to Iping 69
Chapter XI In the Coach and Horses 73
Chapter XII The Invisible Man Loses His Temper 78
Chapter XIII Mr Marvel Discusses His Resignation 85
Chapter XIV At Port Stowe 89
Chapter XV The Man Who Was Running 97
Chapter XVI In the Jolly Cricketers 100
Chapter XVII Doctor Kemp's Visitor 106
Chapter XVIII The Invisible Man Sleeps 117
Chapter XIX Certain First Principles 123
Chapter XX At the House in Great Portland Street 130
Chapter XXI In Oxford Street 143
Chapter XXII In the Emporium 150
Chapter XXIII In Drury Lane 158
Chapter XXIV The Plan that Failed 170
Chapter XXV The Hunting of the Invisible Man 176
Chapter XXVI The Wicksteed Murder 179
Chapter XXVII The Siege of Kemp's House 185
Chapter XXVIII The Hunter Hunted 197
The Epilogue 205
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"Masterfully portrayed by Scott Brick-each of his characterizations is an actorly tour de force-The Invisible Man fascinates and mesmerizes, until it's gone." -AudioFile