HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - Princeton University Professor Alfred Bendixen will lecture about English author H.G. Wells (1866 -1946) and, in particular, Wells’ first novel, The Time Machine, at the Hillsborough Library Sept. 22.

Bendixen will be at the library, located in the township municipal complex at 379 South Branch Road from 7-8 p.m and at the Somerset County Library System of New Jersey's Mary Jacobs Memorial Library branch, located at 64 Washington Street in Rocky Hill on Oct. 18, 7-8 p.m.

Registration is required to attend these programs. Visit SCLSNJ.org or contact your local SCLSNJ library branch.

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“My talk will focus on the first and best of H.G. Wells' scientific romances, ‘The Time Machine,’ with an exploration on the ways in which Wells transforms the traditional epic into a new kind of modern novel and establishes science fiction as a vital and vibrant literary form,” Bendixen said.

Additionally, SCLSNJ’s Warren Township Library branch, located at 42 Mountain Boulevard in Warren Township, is hosting an evening book discussion focusing on The Time Machine by H.G. Wells on Nov. 15, 7:15-8:45 p.m.

Bendixen will be participating in the discussion as a special guest. No registration is required to attend.

“We’re celebrating the 150th anniversary of the birth of author H.G. Wells,” said Terri Coss, an adult services librarian at SCLSNJ’s Hillsborough Library branch.

“To have someone with Professor Bendixen’s depth of knowledge about Wells, his writing and its context, join us for these programs and book discussion will be an uncommon experience for our readers and fans of the author, like myself. It’s a wonderful opportunity for the community to share a common interest and discover more about an author who still influences literature and pop-culture today,” she added.  

Bendixen received his Ph.D in 1979 from the University of North Carolina and taught at Barnard College, California State University, Los Angeles, and Texas A&M University before joining the Princeton faculty in 2014.

Much of his scholarship has been devoted to the recovery of 19th-century texts, particularly by women writers, and to the exploration of neglected genres, including the ghost story, detective fiction, science fiction, and travel writing.

His teaching interests include the entire range of American literature as well as courses in science fiction and gender studies.

Bendixen may be best known as the founder of the American Literature Association, the most important scholarly organization in his field, which he continues to serve as executive director and as a frequent director of its national conferences.

SCLSNJ branches can be found in Bridgewater, Bound Brook, Hillsborough, Manville, North Plainfield, Peapack and Gladstone, Rocky Hill at Mary Jacobs Memorial Library, Somerville, Warren Township and Watchung.

Additionally, there are two SCLSNJ reading stations in Branchburg and Washington Valley. Visit SCLSNJ.org for further information about library services offered at SCLSNJ.