H.G. Wells (1866-1946) is best known for his futuristic novels, in particular The War Of The Worlds
, which, first published in 1896, inspired countless novels, comic books, films and TV series. In 1905, Wells published an entirely different kind of novel, Kipps: The Story Of A Simple Soul
. After being raised by his uncle and aunt, orphan Arthur Kipps becomes apprenticed to a draper; although Wells was not an orphan, he too was apprenticed to a draper, so the story is obviously autobiographical up to a point.