H. G. Wells. Original Cover. Family. Wells was born into a poor family of shopkeepers in Kent in 1866 fourth and last child of Joseph Wells (a former domestic gardener, and at the time shopkeeper and amateur cricketer) and his wife Sarah Neal (a former domestic servant),.
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He left his teaching position when he was in his early thirties to write The Time Machine, which was published in 1895.
The huge success of this novel led him to follow his dreams of authorship as he continued to write science fiction novels with The Invisible Man, War of the Worlds, and The Island of Dr. Moreau.
"I received the fundamentals of my education in school, but that was not enough. My real education, the superstructure, the details, the true architecture, I got out of the public library. For an impoverished child whose family could not afford to buy books, the library was the open door to wonder and achievement, and I can never be sufficiently grateful that I had the wit to charge through that door and make the most of it."
(from I. Asimov, 1994)