Date and Place of Birth:
21st September 1866, Bromley, Kent, England.
Wells was the son of an unsuccessful tradesman. His mother
was a Housekeeper at Uppark House in West Sussex from 1880 to 1892
Local schools. Apprenticed to a draper.
Chronology/Biography of H.G. Wells:
1883: Disliked being
a draper and became a pupil-teacher at Midhurst Grammar school.
He won a scholarship to the Normal School of Science, South Kensington,
London, where his biology teacher was T.
E. Huxley. As a consequence he became interested in evolution.
He founded and edited the "Science Scholar Magazine."
1887: Left the School
without graduating. He spent the next few years teaching and writing.
1890: Passed his
1895: H.G. Wells
finally established himself as a novelist with "The Time Machine".
"The Island of Doctor Moreau."
1897: Wells was
gaining a reputation as a science fiction writer in the United States
and wrote for the magazine "Cosmopolitan".
"The war of the Worlds".
1900: Wrote "The
First Man in the Moon" for "Cosmopolitan".
1901: He began to
write works about politics, technology and the future in a non-fiction
"The Discovery of the Future" which impressed member of
the Fabian Society such as George Bernard Shaw
and Wells himself became a member. Wells felt that it should not
just be a debating society but should be a pressure group fighting
for social change. Although many other members resisted him he became
a member of the Fabian Society's Executive Committee and tried to
change the group.
1908: He was forced
to resign from the Fabian Society but continued being active witinh
1912: Goes to live
with the novelist Rebecca West.
1914: Although he
was horrified by the outbreak of the First World War he supported
Britain's involvement unlike many of his other socialist colleagues.
1917: H.G. Wells
was impressed by the Revolution in Russia.
1920: By now he
had actually visited Russia himself and become disillusioned and
published "The Outlines of History" which held that mankind
could only survive by education rather than by revolution.
Outlines" was published in an abridged format as "A Short
History of the World" and Wells became a famous and well read
political writer throughout the rest of the 1920's and 1930's. He
contributed widely to the newspapers and magazines of the day.
a novel "The Shape of Things to Come" in which he described
a world that had been devastated but which was being rebuilt along
humanist lines. Many socialists dismissed his work of this period
1934: H.G. Wells
made visits to the Soviet Union and the United States.
1939: A longtime
supporter of the League of Nations after the First World War Wells
was appalled by the beginning of the Second World War.
1946: He was still
writing about the appalling effects of the Atomic Bomb when he died.
“The Time Machine”.
- 1896: “The Island
of Doctor Moreau”. “The Wheels of Chance”.
- 1897: “The
Invisible Man”. “The Plattner Story”.
“The War of the Worlds”.
“When the Sleeper Wakes”.
- 1900: "Love
and Mr Lewisham".
“The First Men in the Moon”.
“The Food of the Gods”.
“Kipps”. “A Modern Utopia”.
“The War in the Air”.
“The History of Mr. Polly”.
“The Country of the Blind”. “The New Machiavelli”.
“Mr. Britling Sees it Through”.
“God the Invisible King”.
“The Outline of History”.
- 1923: "Men
“The World of William Clissold”.
- 1933: "The
Shape of Things to Come".
- 1934: “An Experiment
“Mind at the End of its Tether”.
1. 1891 to his cousin Isabel Wells.
2. 1895 to Amy Katherine (Jane) Robbins.
3. 1912 Lives with but does not marry Rebecca West.
Places of Interest:
The British LiIbrary
Date and Place of Death:
13th August 1946, London, England.
Age at Death:
Site of Grave:
Funeral at Golder’s Green Crematorium. Ashes
scattered from an aircraft.
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