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World Classic by H.G. Wells – The Invisible Man (Abridged)

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The Invisible Man is moral thriller with a high element of suspense and drama wrapped up as science fiction. The moral of the story can be seen as a modern version of Ring of Gyges – a story devised by Plato in his Republik Book II.

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Literary Classics are indispensable masterpieces, which help us understand our world irrespective of changing times. Timelessness of such works make them even more relevant for younger minds that are in their formative years. But the children, when they are just brushing their linguistic teeth might find Elizabethan English a little harder to chew and might choose to stay away.

Wisemen Publication’s – Wisemen World Classics is an attempt to befriend your growing child with Great Masters of world literature, retelling their content in contemporary prose with vivid illustrations, while retaining the music of the original work.


The Invisible Man is moral thriller with a high element of suspense and drama wrapped up as science fiction. The moral of the story can be seen as a modern version of Ring of Gyges – a story devised by Plato in his Republik Book II.

Griffin, an intelligent medical student puts forth a theory that if the refractive index of a person is matched to that of the air, he will not reflect or absorb light and will becomes invisible. He carries out experiments and succeeds but upon learning that he cannot achieve complete invisibility as a number of other factors remain beyond his control, he becomes mentally unstable. His resources are finished when he moves to the village of Iping and lodges himself in Mrs. Hall’s Inn.

Desperately he commits various crimes and is finally hunted to death by police. His assistant Thomas Marvel finds the formula but cannot read and understand it as it is inscribed in half Russian and half Greek. The village of Iping is finally relieved of the mysterious crimes happening around the Inn

About H.G. Wells (1866 – 1946)

Herbert George Wells is famous not only as one of the first science fiction writers of early 20th century but also an active political thinker of his times. A prolific writer, he churned out fiction as well as nonfiction work in his writing career spanning about 60 years and is also remembered as Father of Science Fiction.

Wels was born in a lower middle class impoverished family on 21 Sep 1861, in High Street, Bromley of Kent country of South-East England to Joseph Wells and Sara Neal. To earn a living, he was sent to various jobs as apprentice but failed each time to return Uppark where his mother worked as housemaid. Fortunately, it had a huge library where he could find refuge. He studied a log and later entered a Grammar School at West Sussex, making his way into the Debating Society of school and then to teaching and a literary career.

Wells’ first non-fiction bestseller was Anticipations (1901), His early novels, called “scientific romances”, invented a number of themes now classic in science fiction in such works as The Time Machine, The Island of Doctor Moreau, The Invisible Man, The War of the Worlds and the First men in the Moon, all of them been made into films.

In 1891, Wells married his cousin Isabel Mary Wells, but left her in 1894 for one of his students, Amy Catherine Robbins, whom he married in 1895.

Wells was fond of sketching, wrote games and was actively involved in politics with strong socialist leaning. He died of unspecified causes on 13 Aug, 1946.

In his lifetime and after his death, Wells was considered a prominent socialist thinker.

Additional information

Weight0.15 kg
Dimensions8.0 × 5.5 × 0.5 cm



English Literature, English Classics





No. of pages


Reading Level

8 to 14+ years old


Single Colour (Black and White) – Inner Pages


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