Today marks the 150th anniversary of the birth of novelist Herbert George Wells. Best known for his science fiction, Wells’ first career was as a science teacher. His first forays at publishing were educational articles and even a science textbook (pictured at the left)!
Special Collections’ Victorian and Edwardian Collection is home to numerous first editions of Wells’ “scientific romances,” including The Time Machine (1895), The Island of Doctor Moreau (1896), The Invisible Man (1897), and The War of the Worlds (1897). The collection also houses many of Wells’ political works and speeches.