Here he spent his mornings walking or cycling in the surrounding countryside, and his afternoons writing. The original idea for The War of the Worlds came from his brother, during one of these walks, pondering on what it might be like if alien beings were to suddenly descend on the scene and start attacking its inhabitants. The War of the Worlds has been both popular and influential, spawning half a dozen feature films, radio dramas, various comic book adaptations, a television series, and sequels or parallel stories by other authors.
...The immortal first lines of a story that has gripped the imagination of millions across the world since it's first publication in 1898.
In 1895, Wells was an established writer and he married his second wife, Catherine Robbins, moving with her to the town of Woking in Surrey.
"No one would have believed in the last years of the nineteenth century that this world was being watched keenly and closely by intelligences greater than man's
and yet as mortal as his own"...
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In 1895, Wells was an established writer and he married his second wife, Catherine Robbins, moving with her to 143 Maybury, Road, Woking, Surrey.
From this house he wrote -
The War of the Worlds.
In the late 1890s it was common for novels, prior to full volume publication, to be serialised in magazines or newspapers, with each part of the serialisation ending upon a cliff hanger to entice audiences to buy the next edition. This is a practice familiar from the first publication of Charles Dickens' novels in the nineteenth century. The War of the Worlds was first published in serial form in Pearson's Magazine in 1897. Wells was paid ₤200 and Pearsons demanded to know the ending of the piece before committing to publish The complete volume was published by William Heinemann in 1898 and has been in print ever since. Here are some examples, click on images to enlarge...
Wells's earliest specialised training was in biology, and his thinking on ethical matters took place in a specifically and fundamentally Darwinian context. He was also from an early date an outspoken socialist, often (but not always, as the beginning of the First World War) sympathizing with pacifist views. His later works became increasingly political and didactic, and he sometimes indicated on official documents that his profession was that of "Journalist." Many of his novels, particularly those of his middle period (1900-1920), had nothing to do with science fiction. They described lower-middle class life (Kipps; The History of Mr Polly), and this work sometimes led Wells to be touted as a worthy successor to Charles Dickens. Wells also wrote abundantly about the "New Woman" and the Suffragettes (Ann Veronica).
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