Herbert George Wells was born in Bromley, Kent in 1866. He had an unsuccessful academic career and then worked as an apprentice draper before returning to school to complete his education. He worked as a teacher until his literary career began with the publication of The Time Machine in 1895.
Over the next 50 years Wells wrote a further 50 novels, which earned him the title “father of science fiction”, his most famous works being The Island of Doctor Moreau, The Invisible Man, and The War of the Worlds. Not all of Wells’ books were science fiction though. He also wrote copious amount about history, politics, and social commentary, being a vocal supporter of socialism and pacifism. He died in 1946 at the age of 79.
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