The Island of Doctor Moreau (Paperback)
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About the Author
Herbert George Wells was born on September 21, 1866 in Bromley, Kent, England. He is often referred to as "The Father of Science Fiction." "Bertie" was the fourth and final child in the family. Well suffered an accident in 1874, breaking his leg and leaving him bedridden, causing him to become an avid reader. His father was a poor shopkeeper and cricket player, but a later injury put an end to that, forcing the boys to become apprentices. Herbert worked as a draper and hated it, as he did a later job as a chemist's assistant. In 1879, he became a teacher of younger children. In 1884, he studied biology under Thomas Henry Huxley, entered a debating society and founded a school magazine in which he first published "The Time Machine." In 1891, Wells married his cousin, Isabel Mary Wells, but they separated in 1894. He married Amy Catherine Robbins in 1895 and they had two sons. His wife allowed him to have affairs with various women and he had two more children with them. Herbert spent the next forty years writing novels, short stories and nonfiction, as well as painting and drawing. He was also a diabetic and co-founded a charity for people living with the disease in 1934. He died of unknown causes on August 13, 1946, at the age of 79, in London. Wells was cremated, his ashes spread at sea.