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Herbert George Wells was born in Bromley, Kent on the 21th September 1866 as a son of an ironmonger (also a cricketer) and a housewife. The family was of the impoverished lower-middle-class and the mother, who was very religious and loyal to Queen Victoria, had a very strict opinion about the contact between the different classes which is why H.G. wasn’t allowed to contact girls from the underclass. The most important thing Herbert George inherited from his father was his passion of reading which he let out at the local library. He became devoted to the fictional worlds and they also stimulated his desire to write. In 1877, his father had an accident which put an end to his career as a cricketer. Thus the family lost an important source of income which is why the mother went back to work as a lady’s maid at country house in Sussex. From that moment H.G. WellsH.G. Wells parents lived a seperated life but they never divorced and they never developed any other liaison. Because of the financial problems the parents decided to place their boys as apprentices to various occupations.

In 1881, H.G. Wells started working as a draper and failed. His careers as a chemist’s assistent and as a teaching assistend ended up in an equal way. At the age of 18 he won a scholarship to the Normal School of Science in London where he studied biology under T.H. Huxley and moreover physics, chemistry, geology. He passed the exames in biology and physics and 6 years later he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology at the University of London. As an alumnus of the Normal School of Science, he later helped to set up the Royal College of Science Association, of which he became the first president in 1909.

His experiences during the time as apprentice, the studying under T.H. Huxley and his active membership in the new founded Labour Party affected his later work.

“I was never a great amorist, though I have loved several people very deeply.”

First he married his cousin Isabel Mary Wells in 1891, left her in 1894 and married one of his students in 1895. But his second wife wasn’t the only woman with whom he had children. In spite of Amy Catherine’s knowledge of some of these affairs, she remained married to Wells until her death in 1927.

Some of his works:

The Time Machine (1895)
The Invisible Man (1897)
The War of The Worlds (1898)
A Modern Utopia (1905)
The Outline of History (1919)


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