The Invisible Man
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Cursed by his own invention, a brilliant scientist is driven to a life of crime in this groundbreaking novel from a master of mystery and science fiction
On a frigid night in a remote English village, a visitor inquires about a room. The innkeeper welcomes him, filling the hearth with a roaring fire, but no matter how warm the room becomes, the traveler will not remove his coat or the scarf that hides his face. If he did, he would disappear.
The invisible man is Griffin, a brilliant scientist who tested a new invention on himself and found it worked far too well. When his lab was destroyed by fire, Griffin was forced into the streets of London, where survival meant turning to theft. He has come to the country in a last-ditch attempt to return himself to normal, but will soon be driven back into the night, and to the very edge of madness.
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“Wells stood by his literary guns. . . . Vividly alive, amazingly pertinent, sometimes unnervingly prescient, as haunting as nightmares or as bright unrecallable dreams.” —Ursula K. Le Guin
“[His stories are] as vivid as any created in our language. . . . Wells opened up the modern novel in a way still not completely recognized.” —The New York Times
“The minds of all of us, and therefore the physical world, would be perceptibly different if Wells never existed.” —George Orwell
The son of a professional cricketer and a lady’s maid, H. G. Wells (1866–1946) served apprenticeships as a draper and a chemist’s assistant before winning a scholarship to the prestigious Normal School of Science in London. While he is best remembered for his groundbreaking science fiction novels, including The Time Machine, The War of the Worlds, The Invisible Man, and The Island of Doctor Moreau, Wells also wrote extensively on politics and social matters and was one of the foremost public intellectuals of his day.