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Herbert George Wells - College Essay

Herbert George Wells


was one of the world's most talented writers.
He was able to write in many styles, whether it be science-fiction or
nonfiction. Although talented in many areas and genres of the literary
world, it is for his contribution to the realm of science-fiction that he
will always be remembered. H. G. Wells is known as "The Shakespeare of
Science-Fiction." He is one of the writers that gave credibility to a
rising new genre of science-fiction, or Scientific Romance as it was first
called in the late 19th century (the genre was not called science-fiction
until 1929, (Wells, H. G. The War of the Worlds: viii)).
Herbert George Wells was born on September 21, 1866, in a "shabby
home," as Wells ...

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refusal to take effective measures to improve their place in life.
And it was because of this that he did not care for the working class and
envied the solidly established middle class.
As a boy H. G. Wells had always been physically active, but after
he broke his leg at the age of 8 in 1874, he couldn't do too much. During
his period of convalescence he turned to books for the first time. When
Herbert's mother went to work at the gentry's house, she took Herbert with
her (his older brothers were apprenticed into the drapery trade). Sir
Harry Featherstonhaugh had a large variety and number of books. With this
large availability of new books, Wells's reading broadened.
From 1884-1887 he was a student at Normal School of Science, London.
There he studied biology under the well-known Thomas H. Huxley. In the
early 1890s, Wells started teaching science classes, which led him to write
a biology textbook. He also started writing articles in the popular
magazines that were ...

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on the idea that science could solve their
problems instantaneously. Wells, though, knew better. Under the direction
of Huxley's teachings, Wells thought that there are things in nature and in
the universe that are beyond the control of man, and not even science can
control them (Costa, Richard Hauer: 33).
Although many of his novels were scientific in origin, in his later
years he was surrounded by destruction, hate, and fear. He lived through
both World Wars, in 1905 his mother died, in 1910 his father died, in 1927
his second wife died. It is not surprising that some of this despair would
be part of the mood of his novels, no matter what their topic.
His novels before the turn of ...

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