H. G. Wells Facts

H. G. Wells Facts
H.G. Wells (Herbert George Wells) was a science fiction author most known for his fiction novel The War of the Worlds. H.G. Wells was born on September 21st, 1866 in Bromley, Kent, England, to Joseph Wells and Sarah Neal. His father was a domestic gardener, shopkeeper and professional cricket player and his mother was a former domestic servant. In 1874 H.G. Wells broke his leg and it was during this time that he started to develop a love of reading, which led to his interest in writing. He attended a private school until family finances forced him to seek apprenticeship work. He later gained work as a teacher at Midhurst Grammar School. A scholarship gained him access to the Normal School of Science, where he wrote for the school magazine. In 895 his novel The Time Machine was published and he became instantly famous.
Interesting H. G. Wells Facts:
H.G. Wells married his cousin Isabel Mary Wells in 1891. They were only married for three years, until H.G. Wells fell in love with a student.
H.G. Wells married Amy Catherine Robbins (nicknamed Jane) in 1895. They had two sons together: George Philip (1901) and Frank Richard (1903).
In 1909 H.G. Wells had a daughter with writer Amber Reeves named Anna-Jane.
He also had a son with Rebecca West, a novelist, named Anthony West in 1914.
H.G. Wells used to draw and sketch, calling the images 'picshuas'.
The first non-fiction bestseller written by H.G. Wells was Anticipations of the Reaction of Mechanical and Scientific Progress Upon Human Life and Thought, published in 1901. It predicted what the world would be like in the year 2000. He was correct on many ideas but also missed the mark on a few of his predictions.
H.G. Wells wrote novels that were considered 'scientific romances' in his early career, including The Time Machine, The Island of Doctor Moreau (1896), The Invisible Man (1897), The War of the Worlds (1898), When the Sleeper Wakes, and The First Men in the Moon.
Kipps was published in 1905 and became one of H.G. Wells' favorites. It explored social class economic disparity, topics that intrigued him and caused him to become a member of the Fabian Society for a time.
H.G. Wells wrote comedy novels as well, including Mr. Britling Sees It Through (1916).
H.G. Wells wrote about the future creation of the atomic bomb in The World Set Free, published in 1914.
H.G. Wells ran for Parliament in 1922 and 1923 as a Labour Party candidate but was unsuccessful. He had wanted to use a political position to advance his ideas.
In the 1930s H.G. Wells traveled to Hollywood. He wrote Things to Come, a film adaptation of his 1933 novel The Shape of Things to Come. It was released in 1936.
On October 30th, 1938 Orson Welles performed a radio play of The War of the Worlds. It was an adaptation of H.G. Wells' book and caused panic as audiences were led to believe that it was real. The novel was made into Hollywood movies and the radio broadcast and its effects are still talked about today.
H.G. Wells passed away on August 13th, 1946 at the age of 79. He wrote more than 114 books in his lifetime, more than 50 of which were novels.


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