For almost half a century, H.G. Wells was an international phenomenon, the only writer of his time who could command an audience with both Roosevelt and Stalin. His circle of friends included George Bernard Shaw, Rudyard Kipling, G.K. Chesterton, Rebecca West, with whom he had a long term affair, perhaps the most tempestuous and sparkling literary liaison of the century. Equally illustrious was his circle of enemies, including the indomitable Hilaire Belloc, who destroyed Wells in a vicious and public argument.

Unlike any previous biographer, Michael Coren shows that while many have considered Wells to be on the side of the angels, he was in fact invariably on the wrong side in the major political and literary debates of the age. Drawing on eye opening new material, The Invisible Man delves deep into the paradoxes that characterized Wells, the utopian visionary and staunch advocate of women’s suffrage who was also a misogynistic womaniser, the epitome of liberal tolerance who was also a social engineer and throughgoing anti-Semite. Wells has hitherto remained untouched by charges of anti-Semitism, but Coren reveals for the first time his disturbing view on the Jewish problem, for instance, he called Jews termites in the civilized world, views he defended vehemently even through the 1930’s.

The avuncular author of Kipp and the Time Machine is depicted,shockingly, as one who advocated concentration camps, racial eugenics and the incarceration or execution of those who did not fit in. The Invisible Man is one of those iconoclastic biographies that change our perceptions of their subjects for ever.


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Authored by Michael Coren and published by Bloomsbury of London in 1993. Hard cover bound this First Edition copy is in Fine condition, covered in plastic with a Fine dust jacket The size of the book is 242x158x25mm, with 240 pages including the index, bibliography and sources. 8 pages of black and white photos.