War of the Worlds (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)   by H. G. Wells

By H. G. Wells

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On October 30, 1938, Orson Welles terrified American radio listeners through describing a Martian invasion of Earth in a published that turned mythical. 40 years prior, H. G. Wells had first penned the tale: The struggle of the Worlds, a science-fiction vintage that endures in our collective subconscious.

Deeply all in favour of the welfare of latest society, Wells wrote his novel of interplanetary clash in anticipation of battle in Europe, and in it he estimated the technological savagery of 20th century war. enjoying expertly on around the globe safeguard fears, The conflict of the Worlds grips readers with its conviction that invasion can take place each time, anywhere—even in our personal backyard.

Alfred Mac Adam teaches literature at Barnard College-Columbia college. he's a translator and paintings critic. He additionally wrote the notes and advent to the Barnes & Noble Classics variation of Wells’s The Time Machine and The Invisible Man.

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Wells舗s 舠man of the year million舡 is remarkably similar to the Martians in The War of the Worlds: They were huge round bodies舒or, rather, heads舒about four feet in diameter, each body having in front of it a face. This face had no nostrils舒indeed the Martians do not seem to have had any sense of smell, but it had a pair of very large dark-coloured eyes, and just beneath this a kind of fleshy beak. In the back of this head or body ... was the single tight tympanic surface, since known to be anatomically an ear....

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Wells is the product of a peculiar moment in Western history. Between 1814, the final defeat of Napoleon, and 1914, the outbreak of World War I, there is a century of relative peace for Europeans. There are international conflicts (the Crimean War of 1853-1856, the Franco-Prussian War of 1870-1871, and the Boer War of 1899-1902) as well as myriad internal and civil clashes (uprisings all over Europe in 1848 and the American Civil War of 1861-1865, for example), but none of these compares to World War I in terms of casualties, destruction, and collective demoralization.

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