Year 1866: H.G. Wells was born

Herbert George Wells was born on September 21, 1866, in Bromley, England. He came from a working class background. At his mother's workplace, Wells discovered the owner's extensive library where he read the works of Jonathan Swift and philosophers like Voltaire.

In 1895, Wells became an overnight literary sensation with the publication of the novel "The Time Machine". In quick succession, he published the "The Island of Doctor Moreau" (1896), "The Invisible Man" (1897) and "The War of the Worlds" (1898). Politically, Wells was a socialist. He ran for Parliament as a Labour Party candidate in 1922 and 1923, but both efforts ended in failure. An internationally famous intellectual and author, Wells also traveled widely. He visited Russia in 1920 where he met with Vladimir Lenin and Leon Trotsky. He died on August 13, 1946, in London.

Here is an audiobook on H.G. Wells' short story "The Stolen Body".

Image: H. G. Wells, one day before his 60th birthday, on the front cover of Time magazine, 20 September 1926