Today is the 150th anniversary of the birth of H G Wells! To celebrate here are four classic illustrations from his 1897 “scientific romance” War of the Worlds (see below). H.G. didn’t like the original drawings, so these are taken from the 1906 edition. Pen and ink drawings from Henrique Alvim Corrêa.
I have a long history with H. G. Wells. I can’t remember a time I wasn’t aware of him. I grew up near his birthplace (Bromley, Kent) and regularly cycled to Bromley Central Library. I was a member of the H. G. Wells Society for many years – and worked in the building where the Society kept it’s collection (happy lunchtimes). He is a fascinating, though flawed, character. I will try to write something more substantial on him before too long. I’m currently reading multiple history books – with only a few ghost stories slipped in between.
Nerdish note: You might see quite a few new editions of the great author’s work over the coming years (at least within the EU – and some other countries – inc. Iceland, Israel and Norway). Copyright for most artistic works lasts for 70 years from the end of the calendar year in which the author dies. H.G. Wells died on 13th August 1946, so copyright in his work expires from 31 December 2016. You’re a better person for knowing that, trust me.