Modern Library Classics

The Invisible Man

A Grotesque Romance

Publisher: Modern Library
A gripping and entertaining tale of terror and suspense as well as a potent Faustian allegory of hubris and science run amok, The Invisible Man endures as one of the signature stories in the literature of science fiction. A brilliant scientist uncovers the secret to invisibility, but his grandiose dreams and the power he unleashes cause him to spiral into intrigue, madness, and murder. The inspiration for countless imitations and film adaptations, The Invisible Man is as remarkable and relevant today as it was a hundred years ago. As Arthur C. Clarke points out in his Introduction, “The interest of the story . . . lies not in its scientific concepts, but in the brilliantly worked out development of the theme of invisibility. If one could be invisible, then what?”




THE STRANGER came early in February, one wintry day, through a biting wind and a driving snow, the last snowfall of the year, over the down, walking as it seemed from Bramblehurst railway station, and carrying a little black portmanteau in his thickly gloved hand. He was...
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1. 1. However fantastic, H. G. Wells’s works often contain allegorical meanings and themes that point to real-world conflicts, social conditions, and political ideas. Discuss some of the ways in which The Invisible Man might be construed allegorically.

2. 2. What do you think The Invisible Man...

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“I personally consider the greatest of English living writers [to be] H. G. Wells.” —Upton Sinclair