When and Where was H.G. Wells Born?
21st September 1866, Bromley, Kent, England.
Herbert George 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 BSc examinations.
1895: H.G. Wells finally established himself as a novelist with "The Time Machine".
1896: Published "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".
1898: Published "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 form.
1902: Published "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 Socialism.
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.
1922: "The 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.
1933: Published 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 as elitist.
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.
1. 1891 to his cousin Isabel Wells.
Places of Interest:
The British LiIbrary
When and Where Did he Die?
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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