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Ann Veronica

H. G. Wells

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Ann Veronica was a controversial book detailing the development of a naive school girl into a “New Woman”. When it was published, the Spectator described it as a “poisonous book … capable of poisoning the minds of those who read it.”

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Later Gwen's trouble weighed so heavily on Mrs. Stanley in her illness that her husband consented to receive Mr. Fortescue in the drawing-room, and actually shake hands with him in an entirely hopeless manner and hope everything would turn out for the best.

The forgiveness and reconciliation was a cold and formal affair, and afterwards her father went off gloomily to his study, and Mr. Fortescue rambled round the garden with soft, propitiatory steps, the Corinthian nose upraised and his hands behind his back, pausing to look long and hard at the fruit-trees against the wall.

Ann Veronica watched him from the dining-room window, and after some moments of maidenly hesitation rambled out into the garden in a reverse direction to Mr. Fortescue's steps, and encountered him with an air of artless surprise.

"Hello!" said Ann Veronica, with arms akimbo and a careless, breathless manner. "You Mr. Fortescue?"

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Community Reviews

Two sides of H.G. Wells

Getting to know that Herbert Wells wrote not only fantastic novels appeared to be a great surprise for me. His Time Machine and War of the Worlds were quite familiar to me, but somehow I've never heard about his social novels. Preparing for my university English literature

Ann Veronica is the youngest of five children and the only one left at home. Finding a life of "calls, tennis, selected novels, walks and dusting" to be stifling, she has persuaded her father to let her attend college, although only the Tredgold Women's College, not the more prestigious "mixed" coll

This review is based on an unabridged audiobook, narrated by Melody Grove, released in 2013 and runs 11.5 hours.

I found this very easy to listen to and I thought the narrator’s voice fitted the tone of the story; what came through for me is the writing and how well the story is told, I especially l

An H.G. Wells in a Virago Classic edition? You heard right. The first novel from Wells exploring the New Woman movement in the 1900s, i.e. the proto-proto-feminist movement, the first flush of the suffrage movement (the other, The New Machiavelli is not as interesting), was a scandalous revelation a

27th book of 2019.

So I went into this blind.
H.G. Wells's work of fiction.
No invisible men, no time machines, no strange islands... so what is it about? (Read the summary, this is a rant, not a synopsis)

Ann Veronica is a selfish being. But more so, there was not one character that I liked, that I roo

A proto feminist novel written in 1909 by renowned male Edwardian Sci-Fi novelist H G Wells..? Who would have thought it?

Well – the prolific and hugely accomplished and influential Mr Well wrote in excess of 100 novels encompassing a wide range of literary genres.

This is a really good and comparativ

Ann Veronica caused quite a stir when it was published in 1909. The story is about a “New Woman,” an independent girl who yearns to study science, leave her stultifying home and live alone in an apartment, vote, and take her place in the world beside men.

The heroine manages to achieve independence d

So H. G. Wells writes science fiction, right? Right? WRONG!!!

From the man who penned such stories as The Time Machine, and The War of the Worlds comes Ann Veronica, a story of feminism, drama, and romance. And no element of science fiction in this book, no Sir. Sure, Vee (can I call her Vee? Everyon

H. G. Wells - that name makes most of us think of science fiction, so when I came across a love story by him, I had to read it. Not because I’m a big Wells fan, though. I have read the Time Machine and War of the Worlds and didn’t like either one. The movies based on those two stories are much bette

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