The Invisible Man

The Invisible Man

by H. G. Wells

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This classic novel has been abridged and adapted into 10 illustrated chapters. This format is ideal for bilingual education - people learning English as a second language (ESL),  English Language Learners (ELL), people of any age intending to improve reading skills and students for whom the original version would be too long or difficult. This learning product is high-interest, low-readability. Readers of this version will improve comprehension, fluency and vocabulary.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780848111489
Publisher: EDCON Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/15/2012
Series: Bring the Classics to Life Series
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 56
File size: 3 MB
Age Range: 7 - 14 Years

About the Author

Herbert George Wells was born on September 21, 1866 in Kent, England. His father, Joseph, owned a china and glass shop. He was also a professional bowler and coach for the Kent County Cricket Club. Joseph had an accident in 1877, which ended his professional career. The accident caused financial hardship for the family, and it was this tragedy that helped the Wells’ marriage to fail. These difficulties forced young Herbert to leave school and make his own way in the world. He held many apprenticeships, but he believed in self-education. In his spare time he studied physiology, chemistry and mathematics. In 1884, Herbert successfully obtained a scholarship to the Normal School of Science where he trained as a science teacher. It was here that he became editor of the school’s journal where his first serious attempts at writing were published. In 1895, Wells opted for a full-time writing career and his first important short stories were published. His next work, The Time Machine received ‘rave’ reviews and thereafter, his popularity grew as a writer of science fiction. Some of his other works include The Island of Dr. Moreau, War of the Worlds, and The first Men in the Moon. H.G. Wells died in 1946. He left behind many works filled with wonder and fascination.

Date of Birth:

September 21, 1866

Date of Death:

August 13, 1946

Place of Birth:

Bromley, Kent, England

Place of Death:

London, England


Normal School of Science, London, England

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Mrs. Hall looked up as the strange man walked in. "I would like to stay in your hotel for a while," he said. Mrs. Hall couldn't answer. She was too surprised. This was the weirdest man she had ever seen. His face was covered with bandages. He wore gloves and a long coat that went down to his knees. The hat on his head was pulled down low, and he wore big, blue glasses. Mrs. Hall couldn't see his eyes. She thought that he was blind. "I will pay you well," he said, "but there is one thing. No one must bother me. Everybody must stay away. I have very hard work to do, and if I am bothered, I will not be able to get my experiments done." "Very well," Mrs. Hall said. The stranger scared her, but she needed the money to help with her bills. He paid her and went to his room. Soon, everybody in town was talking about the man staying at Mrs. Hall's hotel. They had heard about his fierce temper, and they were all scared of him.

Table of Contents

H.G. Wells: A Brief Chronology
A Note on the Text

The Invisible Man

Appendix A: The Four Endings of The Invisible Man

Appendix B: Invisibility in Nineteenth-Century Fiction
  1. From James Dalton, The Invisible Gentleman (1833)
  2. From Fitz-James O’Brien, “What Was It? A Mystery,” Harper’s Magazine (March 1859)
  3. W.S. Gilbert, “The Perils of Invisibility” (1869)
  4. From Edward Page Mitchell, “The Crystal Man,” Sun (30 January 1881)
  5. From Charles H. Hinton, “Stella” (1895)
  6. From Katherine Kip, “My Invisible Friend,” Black Cat (February 1897)
Appendix C: Reviews of The Invisible Man
  1. From “Mr. Wells’s New Stories,” Saturday Review (18 September 1897)
  2. From Arnold Bennett, Woman (29 September 1897)
  3. Letter from H.G. Wells replying to Arnold Bennett (October 1897)
  4. From Clement Shorter, Bookman [London] (October 1897)
  5. From Claudius Clear, Bookman [New York] (November 1897)
  6. “H.G. Wells’s ‘The Invisible Man,’” New York Times (25 December 1897)
Appendix D: Wells and Friends on The Invisible Man
  1. Extract from letter, H.G. Wells to James B. Pinker (received 16 April 1896)
  2. Extract from letter, H.G. Wells to James B. Pinker (November 1896 [?])
  3. H.G. Wells to James B. Pinker (2 May 1897)
  4. Extract from letter, Joseph Conrad to H.G. Wells (4 December 1898)
Appendix E: Biological Context
  1. From J. Lockhart Gerson, “On the ‘Invisible Blood Corpuscles’ of Norris” (1882)
  2. From W. Robinson, “Notes on Some Albino Birds” (1889)
  3. From H.G. Wells, “Popular Feeling and the Advancement of Science. Anti-Vivisection” (1928)
Appendix F: Technological Context: Röntgen Rays and Radio Waves
  1. From Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen, “On a New Kind of Rays,” Nature (23 January 1896)
  2. From H.J.W. Dam, “A Wizard of To-Day,” Pearson’s Magazine (April 1896)
  3. From George Griffith, “A Photograph of the Invisible,” Pearson’s Magazine (April 1896)
  4. From H.J.W. Dam, “The New Telegraphy,” Strand Magazine (March 1897)
Appendix G: Wells on Class and Society
  1. From Anticipations of the Reaction of Mechanical and Scientific Progress upon Human Life and Thought (1901)
  2. From A Modern Utopia (1905)
  3. From “Of the New Reign” (1914)
  4. From Experiment in Autobiography (1934)

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"Masterfully portrayed by Scott Brick—-each of his characterizations is an actorly tour de force—-The Invisible Man fascinates and mesmerizes, until it's gone." —-AudioFile

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