|Lacking today's CGI, the 1933 movie adaptation of |
H.G. Wells' The Invisible Man relied on bandages to
cover up his invisibility.
As this Smithsonian article from 2012 points out, invisibility as a plot point or literary characteristic stretches all the way back to Greek mythology (with Hades' cap of invisibility) and Plato, whose Republic features a character that finds a ring that renders him invisible, a device that was replicated in J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings books. Perhaps the best-known example of actual invisibility in literature (and the most likely cause for confusion in this summer's book selection) is H.G. Wells 1897 novella, The Invisible Man, in which a scientist creates a formula to make himself invisible.
|The Smithsonian Air & Space Museum|
displays Wonder Woman's invisible jet
on April 1, 2015.
What are your favorite uses of invisibility in literature?