H.G. Wells

17-Nov-2000

A short biography written by Jesse

    Herbert George Wells was born on September 21, 1866 in Bromely, Kent, England. He was the fourth child to Sarah and Joseph Wells, owners of a crockery shop called Atlas House. It was Joseph's career as a professional Cricket player that helped them survive.

 Herbert's mother believed that the only way to correctly raise a child was to teach him a trade to apprentice in from a very young age. Herbert said that for not two incidents involving broken legs, he would probably be some worn-out drapery shop assistant.

  The first incident happened when Herbert was seven years old. He was laid up on the sofa for days, his only entertainment were books that he got from his father and neighbors. This opportunity to read great classics initiated his love of reading and writing.

  The second incident happened four years later when Joseph Wells fell off a ladder, ending his Cricket career. Sarah took a job offering as a housekeeper at an estate she had worked at before her marriage. Joseph took over Atlas House and Herbert got a job as an apprentice draper. After being let go from his draper job, Herbert went through a few other apprenticeships until he finally got a job as a middle school teacher.

 Herbert's mother had been saving up for a while, and had made enough to send him to a private school. After passing numerous examinations in different subjects, he achieved advanced passes in many. Wells did so well, that he was invited to apply for a scholarship at the Normal School of Science in North Kensington. He wrote many short science fiction stories during this period.

  Herbert failed in geology class during his third term at North Kensington destroying his scientific career, so he accepted a teaching job in Wales. However, he never made it there due to a kidney injury while playing football and was then further halted by a diagnosis that he had tuberculosis. After going through a few odd jobs in London, he got a job teaching at a private academy. H.G. Wells was awarded a Bachelor Degree of Science and achieved a new position at the University Correspondence College.

  Wells wrote a science book and co-authored another, and also wrote a few articles for various newspapers and newsletters while resting, due to a worsening of his illness. He then married his cousin, Isabel, who he cheated on with her friend after just a few weeks. After a reoccurrence of his tuberculosis, he was convinced he needed to quit his teaching job. After Isabel died in 1891 at an age of 64, he married the Amy Catherine Robins, a young student.

  After writing a few more articles and series for newspapers, Wells first book, "The Time Machine" (Originally "The Chronic Argonauts"), was printed. He later released such classics as "The Island of Dr. Moreau" (1896), "The Invisible Man"(1897), "War of the Worlds" (1898), and "The First Men In The Moon" (1901). In his later years, Wells wrote a number of books using his lower-middle-class background as references.

  He had two children with Amy, his eldest George co-writing "The Science of Life" (1929) with him. He died on the 13th of August, 1946 in his home in London, England.

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