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Nicole Lobdell and Nancee Reeves (eds.), The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells

The Invisible Man

H.G. Wells

Edited by Nicole Lobdell and Nancee Reeves

The Invisible Man stands out as possessing one of the most complicated heroes, or perhaps anti-heroes, in literature. A thoroughly unlikeable character, the Invisible Man is defined by his arrogance, impulsiveness, rudeness, and, at times, violence. He is, however, a man of great genius; but, his genius is selfish—no one profits from his experiments, not even himself. The Invisible Man is not only a commentary on imagination and the great spirit of invention that elevated the nineteenth century but also a warning against the eugenic and self-interested policies that threatened the twentieth.

This edition includes a valuable collection of the nineteenth-century narratives of invisibility that inspired Wells’s novel, as well as excerpts of Wells’s nonfiction writings on education and class. Additional appendices situate the novel in its late-Victorian scientific and technological contexts, including material on radio waves and x-rays.

Nicole Lobdell is a Visiting Assistant Professor of English at DePauw University.

Nancee Reeves is a Lecturer in the Department of English at the University of Georgia.

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