When a stranger arrives in the small English town of Iping, the owners of a local inn bless their good fortune at having a customer in the off-season—even if he appears to be a bit odd. With his head covered in bandages and his hands constantly gloved, the inn’s mistress assumes this stranger has some kind of terrible disfigurement. The truth, however, is even more shocking.
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About the Author
Herbert George Wells was born in Bromley, Kent, England, on September 21, 1866. His father was a professional cricketer and sometime shopkeeper, his mother a former lady's maid. Although "Bertie" left school at fourteen to become a draper's apprentice (a life he detested), he later won a scholarship to the Normal School of Science in London, where he studied with the famous Thomas Henry Huxley. He began to sell articles and short stories regularly in 1893. In 1895, his immediately successful novel rescued him from a life of penury on a schoolteacher's salary. His other "scientific romances"--The Island of Dr. Moreau (1896), The Invisible Man (1897), The War of the Worlds (1898), The First Men in the Moon (1901), and The War in the Air (1908)--won him distinction as the father of science fiction.