Ann Veronica

Ann Veronica

by H. G. Wells


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Dealing with political issues of the time the novel was written and concentrating specifically on feminist issues, through the course this novel the heroine matures from an innocent and naïve girl to a representative of the New Woman.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780368260537
Publisher: Blurb
Publication date: 10/02/2019
Pages: 160
Product dimensions: 8.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.34(d)

About the Author

Herbert George "H. G." Wells (21 September 1866 - 13 August 1946) was an English writer, now best known for his work in the science fiction genre. He was also a prolific writer in many other genres, including contemporary novels, history, politics and social commentary, even writing textbooks and rules for war games. Together with Jules Verne and Hugo Gernsback, Wells has been referred to as "The Father of Science Fiction". His most notable science fiction works include The War of the Worlds, The Time Machine, The Invisible Man and The Island of Doctor Moreau. Wells's earliest specialised training was in biology, and his thinking on ethical matters took place in a specifically and fundamentally Darwinian context. He was also from an early date an outspoken socialist, often (but not always, as at the beginning of the First World War) sympathising with pacifist views. His later works became increasingly political and didactic, and he sometimes indicated on official documents that his profession was that of "Journalist." Most of his later novels were not science fiction. Some described lower-middle class life (Kipps; The History of Mr Polly), leading him to be touted as a worthy successor to Charles Dickens, but Wells described a range of social strata and even attempted, in Tono-Bungay (1909), a diagnosis of English society as a whole. Wells also wrote abundantly about the "New Woman" and the Suffragettes (Ann Veronica).

Date of Birth:

September 21, 1866

Date of Death:

August 13, 1946

Place of Birth:

Bromley, Kent, England

Place of Death:

London, England


Normal School of Science, London, England

Table of Contents

H.G. Wells: A Brief Chronology
A Note on the Text

Ann Veronica

Appendix A: Reception of Ann Veronica

  1. From John O’London, T.P.’s Weekly (22 October 1909)
  2. From [John St Loe Strachey,] “A Poisonous Book,” Spectator (20 November 1909)
  3. From H.G. Wells’s reply, Spectator (4 December 1909)
  4. From Freda Kirchwey, “A Private Letter to H.G. Wells,” Nation (28 November 1928)
  5. B[eatrice] H[astings] and K[atherine] M[ansfield], A Parody of Ann Veronica, The New Age (25 May 1911)

Appendix B: Wells on Ann Veronica

  1. From the Preface to the Atlantic Edition of The Works of H.G. Wells (1925)
  2. From “Writings about Sex,” Experiment in Autobiography (1934)

Appendix C: Ann Veronica and Censorship

  1. John Littlejohns, Front Cover of The New Age (3 February 1910)
  2. “A Public Librarian,” Spectator (December 1909)
  3. From Jacob Tonson [Arnold Bennett], “Books and Persons,” The New Age (24 February 1910)

Appendix D: Wells and the Debate over Modern Fiction

  1. From H.G. Wells, “The Contemporary Novel,” An Englishman Looks at the World (1914)
  2. From Henry James, “The Younger Generation,” Times Literary Supplement (2 April 1914)
  3. From Virginia Woolf, “Modern Fiction,” The Common Reader (1925)

Appendix E: Challenging the Domestic Ideal

  1. From John Ruskin, “Of Queens’ Gardens,” Sesame and Lilies (1865)
  2. From Mona Caird, “Marriage,” Westminster Review (August 1888)
  3. From Olive Schreiner, Woman and Labour (1911)
  4. From Dora Marsden, “Bondswomen and Freewomen,” Freewoman (23 November 1911)
  5. From Fabian Women’s Group, “Three Year’s Work” (1911)
  6. From M.A. [Mabel Atkinson], “The Economic Foundations of the Women’s Movement” (1914)

Appendix F: Wells on the Patriarchal Family and Evolution

  1. From Socialism and the Family (1906)
  2. From “Human Evolution, An Artificial Process,” Fortnightly Review (October 1896)

Appendix G: The Amber Reeves Affair

  1. H.G. Wells, “Dusa” (1936)
  2. Photograph of Amber Reeves in 1908 Student Group
  3. From the Diary of Beatrice Webb (1908, 1909)
  4. From Letters from Amber Reeves to H.G. Wells (1908, 1939)
  5. Photograph of Amber and Anna Jane Blanco White (1910)

Appendix H: The Suffrage Movement

  1. From Christabel Pankhurst, A Speech Delivered at Queen’s Hall (22 December 1908)
  2. From Emmeline Pankhurst, A Speech Delivered at Queen’s Hall (2 December 1910)
  3. From Belfort Bax, “Feminism and Female Suffrage,” The New Age (30 May 1908)
  4. From Beatrice Tina [Beatrice Hastings], “Woman as State Creditor,” The New Age (27 June 1907)
  5. From Beatrice Tina [Beatrice Hastings], “Suffragettes in the Making,” The New Age (3 December 1908)
  6. From D. Triformis [Beatrice Hastings], “The Failure of Militancy,” The New Age (20 January 1911)
  7. From Millicent Garrett Fawcett, Women’s Suffrage: A Short History of a Great Movement (1912)
  8. From Teresa Billington-Grieg, “Emancipation in a Hurry,” The New Age (12 January 1911)
  9. H.G. Wells, “Reply to Symposium on Women’s Suffrage,” The New Age (2 February 1911)
  10. M.C. Rock, “[And the Words]” (1914)
  11. “The Suffragettes and Their Trojan Horse,” Auckland Star (28 March 1908)
  12. Arthur Wallis Mills, “The Suffragette that Knew Jiu-Jitsu,” Punch (6 July 1910)
  13. Suffragettes Selling Votes for Women at Oval Cricket Ground Entrance (1908)

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Ann Veronica 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I saw no spelling errors or other typos in the edition from Classic Romances.  If you find errors, you might want to name the edition in which you find it.  Otherwise, your missive becomes a complaint that has no meaning.
cdeuker on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Not quite as good as the History of Mr. Polly, but nevertheless well worth reading. I think of it as D.H. Lawrence light, not entirely a bad thing. Ann Veronica is looking for life with a capital L and is living in a world that offers women life with a decidedly lower case l. She rebels against her father, moves to London on her own, and then interacts with three men. Capes she loves, but he's already married (though unhappily, and wishes for divorce). Ramage would like A.V. as his mistress; he thinks he's rather obviously proposing and arranging this; she's too naive to see what he's up to. Sexual assault scene at a private restaurant is really well-written and gripping. Manning is the bland man in the middle, the husband her world would like her to take. She'd like to take him too, only she doesn't love him. A previous generation wouldn't have cared; Ann Veronica does care. The descriptions of living life to the fullest, of the value of love, etc. are Lawrence without the fire. Unlike Lawrence, they're never over the top--that's both their virtue and their flaw.
john257hopper on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
An unusual H G Wells novel, being written from the point of view of a woman. The first two thirds of the story are about Ann Veronica's struggle to assert her independence, personal, sexual and political, from her father and aunt and their milieu; the last third are more of a conventional love story, mirroring Wells's life experiences and hopes at the time. It gets a bit too sentimental near the end and the novel ends about in time.
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This book is a google book, from a santa cruz library it looks like. There are a lot of errors all over the pages, so much so, it's hard, if not impossible, to fully comprehend it's message. I would not recommend this book, only for that reason. I have not read the contents.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Definitly had spelling mistajes rhat at times made me want to put the ebook down, but it was a good story overall.
William Effler More than 1 year ago