The War of the Worlds

ISBN : 9780198702641

H. G. Wells; Darryl Jones
240 Pages
129 x 196 mm
Pub date
Aug 2017
Oxford World's Classics
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  • The War of the Worlds is the most important and influential invasion narrative ever written, as well as being one of the tiny handful of the most important scientific romances ever written
  • Includes a lively and accessible introduction by a leading scholar of late Victorian popular fiction
  • Includes an up-to-date bibliography, chronology, and notes to provide addional contextual interest
  • This edition uses the first-edition English texts
  • Fully annotated, with meticulous attention to the novel's use of geographical locations in and around London

'Cities, nations, civilization, progress-it's all over. That game's up. We're beat.'
One of the most important and influential invasion narratives ever written, The War of the Worlds (1897) describes the coming of the Martians, who land in Woking, and make their way remorselessly towards the capital, wreaking chaos, death, and destruction. The novel is closely associated with anxiety about a possible invasion of Great Britain at the turn of the century, and concerns about imperial expansion and its impact, and it drew on the latest astronomical knowledge to imagine a desert planet, Mars, turning to Earth for its future. The Martians are also evolutionarily superior to mankind.


Note on the Text
Select Bibliography
A Chronology of H. G. Wells
Explanatory Notes

About the author: 

H. G. Wells
Edited by Darryl Jones

Darryl Jones has taught at Trinity College Dublin since 1994. Prior to this he taught in the University of Lodz, Poland. He has held Visiting Professorships at Dartmouth College, New Hampshire, Babes Bolyai University, Cluj, Transylvania, and Tongji University, Shanghai. He is the author or editor of nine books, including Horror: A Thematic History in Fiction and Film (Arnold/OUP 2002), It Came From the 1950s!: Popular Culture, Popular Anxieties(with Elizabeth McCarthy and Bernice M. Murphy, Palgrave Macmillan 2011), and for Oxford World's Classics, M. R. James, Collected Ghost Stories (OUP, 2011, 2013) and Arthur Conan Doyle's Gothic Tales (2016).

"An interesting and informative foreword and notes by Darryl Jones... I highly recommend these OWC editions — I find the forewords, without being overly long, pack in a lot of information and add a huge amount to my appreciation of the books."

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