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born - 21 September 1866, Bromley, Kent
died - 13 August 1946, Regent's Park, London


H. G. Wells's Sussex, by Leonard Selden, published 1928 in Sussex County Magazine (vol. II no. 10, article, pp.446-447) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 9327] & The Keep [LIB/500138]

Experiment in Autobiography, by H. G. Wells, published 1934 (718 pp., New York: Macmillan) accessible at: East Sussex Libraries

H. G. Wells, by Norman Nicholson, published 1950 (105 pp., London: Alan Swallow) accessible at: West Sussex Libraries

Arnold Bennett and H. G. Wells, edited by Harris Wilson, published 1960 (290 pp., University of Illinois Press) accessible at: East Sussex Libraries   View Online

H. G. Wells: His Turbulent Life and Times, by Lovat Dickson, published 1969 (33 0 pp., London: Macmillan)

The Time Traveller: The Life of H. G. Wells, by Norman and Jeanne Mackenzie, published 14 July 1973 (487 pp., Littlehampton Book Services, ISBN-10: 0671215205 & ISBN-13: 9780297765318) accessible at: West Sussex Libraries

H. G. Wells: A Pictorial Biography, by Frank Wells, published October 1977 (101 pp., Jupiter, ISBN-10: 0904041220 & ISBN-13: 9780904041224) accessible at: West Sussex Libraries

H.G.Wells' Literary Criticism, edited by Patrick Parrinder and Robert Philmus, published 1 September 1980 (352 pp., Branch Line, ISBN-10: 0855277688 & ISBN-13: 9780855277680) accessible at: West Sussex Libraries

H.G.Wells' Literary Criticism, edited by Patrick Parrinder and Robert Philmus, published 1 September 1980 (352 pp., Branch Line, ISBN-10: 0855277688 & ISBN-13: 9780855277680) accessible at: West Sussex Libraries

H. G. Wells: Aspects of a Life, by Anthony West, published 1984 (417 pp., London: Hutchinson, ISBN-10: 0091345405 & ISBN-13: 9780091345402) accessible at: West Sussex Libraries & East Sussex Libraries

H. G. Wells: Desperately Mortal, by David C. Smith, published August 1986 (544 pp., Yale University Press, ISBN-10: 0300036728 & ISBN-13: 9780300036725) accessible at: West Sussex Libraries

Modern Novelists: H. G. Wells, by Michael Draper, published 26 January 1988 (144 pp., Palgrave, ISBN-10: 0333407474 & ISBN-13: 9780333407479) accessible at: West Sussex Libraries
H.G.Wells rose from humble origins to become one of the most celebrated figures of his era. His science fiction classics like The Time Machine, The Invisible Man and The War of the Worlds have retained their hold on the popular imagination for nearly a century; his comic novels, Kipps and The History of Mr Polly, are remarkable both for vitality and social awareness; his later novels such as Tono-Bungay offer an engrossing and challenging account of their period. In his role of social prophet, Wells produced two bestselling histories of the world, argued in person with Lenin and Stalin and even tried to launch his own religion. To this day, fresh disclosures about his promiscuous love-life have kept him a controversial figure. In this book Michael Draper moves from a critical presentation of Well's life and ideas to examine each area of his writing in turn, building up an overview which will help readers place individual books in context, equipping them to understand and appreciate more fully this often underrated writer.

The Invisble Man: The Life and Liberties of H. G. Wells, by Michael Coren, published 1993 (320 pp., Random House of Canada, ISBN-10: 0747511586 & ISBN-13: 9780747511588) accessible at: & West Sussex Libraries & East Sussex Libraries
A biography of H.G. Wells. It examines the contradictions in his personality - the utopian visionary and advocate of women's rights who was a misogynistic womaniser; the epitome of liberal tolerance who was also a social engineer and thorough-going anti-Semite.

The Invisible Man, by Elizabeth Chesters, published April 1993 in Midhurst Magazine (Volume 5 Number 3, article, pp.27-30, Spring 1993) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 15968]
H G Wells' story is supposedly set in Iping near Midhurst. This article looks at the origins of the places mentioned in the book and whether or not they were based in reality.

H. G. Wells in West Sussex, by Martin O'Neill, Kim Leslie and Martin Hayes, published February 1996 (pamphlet, 26 pp., Chichester: West Sussex County Council, ISBN-10: 0862603501 & ISBN-13: 9780862603502) accessible at: W.S.R.O. [Lib 13121] & West Sussex Libraries

George Meek: Labouring Man Protégé of H. G. Wells, by Clive Griggs and Bill Coxall, published 20 December 1996 (559 pp., New Millenium, ISBN-10: 185845073X & ISBN-13: 9781858450735) accessible at: West Sussex Libraries & East Sussex Libraries

From Midhurst Grammar School to cosmopolis, by Patrick Parrinder, published 2007 (occasional papers no. 1, 13 pp., Dagenham: H. G. Wells Society) accessible at: British Library

H. G. Wells: Another Kind of Life, by Michael Sherborne, published 19 March 2010 (405 pp., Peter Owen Ltd, ISBN-10: 0720613515 & ISBN-13: 9780720613513) accessible at: West Sussex Libraries
When H.G. Wells left school in 1880 at thirteen he looked destined for obscurity. Defying expectations, he became one of the most famous writers in the world, remaining active into the era of the atomic bomb, which he predicted by thirty years. He created classic science-fiction tales such as The Time Machine, The Invisible Man and The War of the Worlds, reinvented the Dickensian novel in Kipps and The History of Mr Polly, pioneered postmodernism in experimental fiction and harangued his contemporaries in polemics which included two bestselling histories of the world. He brought equal energy to his outrageously promiscuous love life. A series of affairs embraced distinguished authors such as Dorothy Richardson and Rebecca West, the gun-toting travel writer Odette Keun and Russian spy Moura Budberg. Until his death in 1946 Wells had artistic and ideological confrontations with everyone from Henry James to George Orwell, from Churchill to Stalin. He remains a controversial figure, attacked by some as a philistine, sexist and racist, praised by others as a great writer, a prophet of globalization and a pioneer of human rights. Wells scholar Michael Sherborne sets the record straight in this authoritative biography. It is the first full-scale account to include material from the long-suppressed skeleton correspondence with his mistresses and illegitimate daughter. Wells s life is a great story in its own right. Here it is retold from a 21st-century perspective, making it accessible and fascinating to general readers and English literature specialists alike.

H. G. Wells: First Citizen of the Future, by Keith Ferrell, published 24 March 2014 (192 pp., M. Evans & Co., ISBN-10: 159077356X & ISBN-13: 9781590773567)
He was born in the year dynamite was invented (1866) and died a year after the first explosion of the atomic bomb (1946). Herbert George (H. G.) Wells was a man whose life dominated the century and whose ideas both predicted and shaped the future. One of the most influential men of his time, a leading science-fiction writer, novelist, philosopher, reformer and fighter for civilization, Wells exercised his imagination and expounded his revolutionary ideas in over one hundred books in the course of his long life. As a young man Wells struggled against repeated failure as a draper's assistant, science student and teacher before finding his vocation as a writer. He wrote the pioneering-and immediately popular-novel The Time Machine. In this and other classic science fiction such as The Invisible Man and The War of the Worlds, Wells combined serious and often remarkably accurate speculation about the future with high adventure. But Wells was not content just to write fiction. He was also an advocate for change in social customs and a man deeply concerned with the future of humanity. A firm believer that the twentieth century would be the turning point for civilization, Wells anticipated many of the changes in his writings on space travel, politics, marriage and the technologies of war. This is a dramatic account of Well's life and his fight for causes and concerns that are still relevant today.