The Invisible Man: A Grotesque Romance

ISBN : 9780198702672

H. G. Wells; Matthew Beaumont
192 Pages
129 x 196 mm
Pub date
Jan 2017
Oxford World's Classics


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  • It is the 150th anniversary of H. G. Wells's birth in 2016
  • Detailed Introduction not only explores the influence of The Invisible Man on popular culture, but (more originally), in a section entitled 'Afterlives of the Invisible Man', on Modernist writers, including D.H. Lawrence, Nabokov, Borges and Ellison
  • The Introduction sets the book in its literary and philosophical context
  • Includes a chronology, bibliography, and notes to provide additional contextual interest

'The man's become inhuman ... He has cut himself off from his kind. His blood be upon his own head.'
One night in the depths of winter, a bizarre and sinister stranger wrapped in bandages and eccentric clothing arrives in a remote English village. His peculiar, secretive activities in the room he rents spook the locals. Speculation about his identity becomes horror and disbelief when the villagers discover that, beneath his disguise, he is invisible. 
Griffin, as the man is called, is an embittered scientist who is determined to exploit his extraordinary gifts, developed in the course of brutal self-experimentation, in order to conduct a Reign of Terror on the sleepy inhabitants of England. As the police close in on him, he becomes ever more desperate and violent.
In this pioneering novella, subtitled 'A Grotesque Romance', Wells combines comedy, both farcical and satirical, and tragedy - to superbly unsettling effect. Since its publication in 1897, The Invisible Man has haunted not only popular culture (in particular cinema) but also the greatest and most experimental novels of the twentieth century.


"[An] informative introduction... reading these OWC editions has enhanced my pleasure hugely; the introductions are always well written and give just the right amount of information to inform without overloading the reader with lots of irrelevant detail or academic jargon." - Leah Galbraith, FictionFan

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"The ideas that Wells explores are as relevant as ever" - Desperate Reader


Note on the Text
Select Bibliography
A Chronology of H. G. Wells
Appendix I: The Epilogue
Appendix II: Variant Endings to Chapter XXVIII
Explanatory Notes

About the author: 

H. G. Wells
Edited by Matthew Beaumont, Senior Lecturer, University College London
Matthew Beaumont is a Senior Lecturer in English Literature at University College London. He is the author of Nightwalking: A Nocturnal History of London, Chaucer to Dickens (2015) and The Spectre of Utopia: Utopian and Science Fictions at the Fin de Siècle (2012). He has edited Edward Bellamy's Looking Backward and Walter Pater's Studies in the History of the Renaissance for Oxford World's Classics.

Invisible Man - Audio Guide

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