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Ann Veronica

H. G. Wells

Book Overview: 

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

Sama činjenica da je jedan muškarac daleke 1909.napisao ovakvo djelo koje podržava žensku slobodu i prava ne dozvoljava mi kao ženi i feministkinji da dam manje od 5⭐️! Tada zabranjivana knjiga, sada samo dokaz da se mnogo šta promijenilo, a suštinski sve ostalo isto, što joj dodaje posebnu dozu gor

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

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

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