The War of the Worlds

  • J. R. Hammond
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In 1896, whilst The War of the Worlds was being written, Wells wrote to his friend Elizabeth Healey: ‘I’m doing the dearest little serial for Pearson’s new magazine, in which I completely wreck and destroy Woking—killing my neighbours in painful and eccentric ways—then proceed via Kingston and Richmond to London, which I sack, selecting South Kensingon for feats of peculiar atrocity.’ He was at this time living at Lynton, Maybury Road, Woking and during his cycling explorations in the area he amused himself by noting down places to be destroyed by the Martians. The story is written in the vivid documentary style he had employed with such effectiveness in The Time Machine and The Island of Doctor Moreau. In common with these it is written in the first person, a device which gives immediacy to the narrative and a convincing atmosphere of verisimilitude.


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© J. R. Hammond 1979

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