Christina Alberta's Father

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Author: Herbert George "H G" Wells (1866-1946)

Year: 1925

Publisher: Mac Millan & Co

Place: New York


401 pages Small octavo (7 3/4" x 5 1/2") issued in red cloth with gilt lettering to spine. Frist American edition.

Sometimes called the father of modern science fiction, H.G. Wells was born on September 21, 1866 in Bromley, Kent, England. His father, a professional cricket player and shopkeeper, and his mother, a former lady's maid, raised Wells with the idea that he would find a place in the work world that they were accustomed. He aspired to a different place in society. When he was thirteen, he left school to become a draper's apprentice, a job his family expected would be proper for a boy of his station. The work repelled him, however. He worked briefly in a drugstore, returned for a stint as a draper's assistant, then finally found a job as a teacher's assistant in a grammar school. Education and academia suited him well. In 1884 he entered college with a scholarship to study biology. He was able to study under one of the great biology teachers of the time, Thomas Henry Huxley, and Wells graduated in 1888.The writings of Jules Verne undoubtably influenced Wells, and he wrote his first novel, The Time Machine, partly in response to this new kind of literature that Verne produced. The story appeared in various forms in magazines from 1888 to 1894 and was released in its current form in 1895. The book was successful, and Wells did not need to teach or worry about money from that time on.


Light rubbing to extremities, previous owner's name on front end paper. Jacket spine ends chipped, edge wear with small chips and tears with creases, fold over edges rubbed.

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