H.G. Wells, remembered for his novels The Time Machine, and The Island of Dr. Moreau, among others, was a student of T.H. Huxley, a follower of Darwin.

Wells often visited Henry James and frequently tossed notes over his wall for G.K. Chesterton who lived next door. In his novel Boon (written under the pseudonym Reginald Bliss), Wells paints a very unflattering portrait of James as George Boon.

In his introduction to The Island of Dr. Moreau, Wells makes reference to the trial and conviction of Oscar Wilde: the graceless and pitiless downfall of a man of genius...this story was a response of an imaginative mind to the reminder that humanity is but animal rough-hewn to a reasonable shape and in perpetual conflict between instinct and injunction...men as hewn and confused and tormented beasts.
Gothic Labyrinth
Gothic Labyrinth