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The Essential H. G. Wells Unabridged Large Print Edition

This premium quality large print edition includes the complete text of five of H. G. Wells' best-known and best-loved science fiction classics - The Time Machine, The War of the Worlds, The Invisible Man, The Island of Dr. Moreau and The First Men in the Moon - in a freshly edited and newly typeset edition using a clean, modern, easy-to-read typeface.

With a large 7.44"x9.69 page size, this edition is printed on heavyweight bright white paper with a fully laminated cover featuring an original full color design. Page headers and modern design and page layout exemplify the attention to detail given this volume.

Herbert George Wells (September 21, 1866 - August 13, 1946), was born to domestic servants-turned shopkeepers. Teetering on the brink of poverty after an injury ended his father's income as a part-time professional cricketer, Wells' parents apprenticed him to a draper in 1881, but he was dismissed in 1883. He then became a "pupil-teacher" in a system where older students helped teach younger students. Despite a wholly inadequate education, Wells, a voracious reader, won a scholarship to the Normal School of Science in London where he studied biology under T. H. Huxley. Wells completed coursework in biology and physics, but left the school after the 1886-1887 school year, having failed geology and lost his scholarship.

Although Wells is best known today for his science fiction works, his first published book was a biology textbook in 1893. The publication of The Time Machine in 1895 launched Wells' long and successful writing career, and over the next several years he published The War of the Worlds, The Invisible Man, The Island of Doctor Moreau, The First Men in the Moon and a host of other lesser-known works ranging from humorous social commentary novels to non-fiction and socio-political polemics. In 1920, he published his revolutionary Outline of History, which became the model for numerous twentieth-century "outline" texts in a variety of disciplines.

Wells was an outspoken socialist and pacifist, although he supported Britain's entry into World War I and opposed efforts to bring about an early end to the war on unfavorable terms in 1916. Like most liberals and progressives of his era, he embraced the "science" of eugenics, espousing "sterilization of failure" as a means of improving the quality of the human race. He was an advocate of world governance and a strong supporter of the League of Nations.

Wells' works became increasingly political and didactic, and only his early science fiction novels are widely read today. But those novels provide timeless insights into science and society, are interesting for their often-accurate prediction of future events and scientific developments, and are easy to read and highly entertaining. Many of Wells' literary devices -- time travel, hostile aliens, mutant creatures, space travel -- are staples of science fiction today, but were unique and imaginative when presented by Wells. In literary circles, some of Wells' comic novels, virtually unknown to most readers today, are considered outstanding examples of 20th century British literature, and Wells is regarded as perhaps the pre-eminent exeplar of pre-World War I liberal optimism. Yet Wells also clearly shares the sense of dread of science and technology run amok that runs through Victorian and post-Victorian British thought, with mad scientists and mass destruction seemingly lying in wait for unwary humanity.

Wells, Hugo Gernsback and Jules Verne are sometimes referred to as "The Fathers of Science Fiction," and it is difficult to imagine what "science fiction" might look like today without Wells' contributions.

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  • Title: The Essential H. G. Wells Unabridged Large Print Edition
  • Author: H G Wells, S M Holden, Summit Classic Press
  • Edition Type: LTE
  • Publisher: Amazon Digital Services LLC - Kdp Print Us
  • ISBN: 9781727364002
  • Length: 1.45 inch
  • Width: 7.44 inch
  • Languages: English
  • Subtitle: The War of the Worlds, the Time Machine, the Invisible Man, the Island of Dr. Moreau & the First Men in the Moon
  • Format: PaperBack
  • Category: Science Fiction
  • Publication Date: 18/09/2018
  • Pages: 728
  • Height: 9.69 inch
  • Weight: 2.82 pound

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