The War of the Worlds
Publication Date: June 2005
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When massive, intelligent aliens from Mars touch down in Victorian England and threaten to destroy the civilized world, humanity's vaunted knowledge proves to be of little use. First published in 1898, H.G. Wells's masterpiece of speculative fiction has thrilled and delighted generations of readers, spawned countless imitations, and inspired dramatizations by such masters as Orson Welles and Steven Spielberg. "The War of the Worlds" is a fantasy that is both startlingly up-to-date and in touch with the most ancient of human fears.
In 1960, Edward Gorey prepared a set of his inimitable pen-and-ink drawings to illustrate a new edition of Wells's "The War of the Worlds" for the legendary Looking Glass Library. Characteristically quirky, elegant, and entrancing, Gorey's visual take on Wells's seminal tour de force has been unavailable for close to fifty years. This special hardcover edition from NYRB Classics brings back for today's readers a richly rewarding collaboration between two modern masters of all that's wonderful and strange.
Edward Gorey (1925 2000) is famous for the bounty of books he wrote
and illustrated, filling more than one hundred works with his unique
humor and distinctly crosshatched characters.
Rex Warner (1905--1986) was an author, translator, and professor of English. Born in Birmingham, England, he was educated at Oxford. Warner was a member of the British Home Guard from 1942 until 1945. He was the Tallman Professor of Classics at Bowdoin College before joining the English faculty at the University of Connecticut in 1962.
Edward Gorey (1925--2000) was born in Chicago. He studied at the Art Institute of Chicago, spent three years in the army testing poison gas, and attended Harvard College, where he majored in French literature and roomed with the poet Frank O'Hara. In 1953 Gorey published "The Unstrung Harp," the first of his many extraordinary illustrated books, which include "The Curious Sofa," "The Haunted Tea Cosy," and "The Epileptic Bicycle," NYRB published Gorey's illustrated edition of H. G. Wells's "The War of the Worlds" and "The Haunted Looking Glass," a selection of his favorite tales of ghosts, ghouls, and grisly goings-on.