The Island of Dr Moreau

The Island of Dr Moreau

By H. G. Wells; Patrick Parrinder (Editor); Margaret Atwood (Introduction by)

Penguin Books, Paperback, 9780141441023, 139pp.

Publication Date: June 2005

Adrift in a dinghy, Edward Prendick, the single survivor from the good ship Lady Vain, is rescued by a vessel carrying an unusual cargo a menagerie of savage animals. Nursed to recovery by their keeper Montgomery, who gives him dark medicine that tastes of blood, Prendick soon finds himself stranded upon an uncharted island in the Pacific with his rescuer and the beasts. There, he meets the sinister Dr. Moreau a brilliant scientist whose notorious experiments in vivisection have caused him to abandon the civilized world. It soon becomes clear that he has continued to develop these experiments with truly horrific results.
The edition includes a newly established text, a full biographical essay on Wells, a list of further reading, and detailed note.Margaret Atwood's introduction explores the social and scientific relevance of this influential work.
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About the Author
Editor Luke Hartwell is author of the novels Atom Heart John Beloved, Nathan's Story, and Locomotives in Winter. Jack London is the well-known author of Call of the Wild, White Fang, and other tales of the arctic, the sea, and the future. H.G. Wells is the equally famous author of War of the Worlds, The Time Machine, and other science fiction works. Robert Hugh Benson is best known for the work included here, Lord of the World.

Patrick Parrinder is Professor of English at the University of Reading.

Margaret Atwood is the internationally renowned author of such novels as "Oryx and Crake, Alias Grace", and "The Edible Woman". She is a novelist and a poet, and has also authored short story collections, critical studies, screenplays, radio scripts, and books.