Tag Archives: Wells


Tough and Tender

While David Lodge’s earlier novel Author, Author takes as its anchor the friendship between Henry James and George Du Maurier (better known as Rebecca’s grandfather), in A Man of Parts, Lodge imagines H.G. Wells deeply engaged in a series of dialogues – with himself as well as the many, many women who passed through his […]


The Skeptoptimist, Part II

On Monday, we left the title character of H.G. Wells’s 1909 novel in prison, after she joined a suffragette raid on the British parliament. An experience so often characterized in literature as having a radicalizing effect does no such thing for Ann Veronica. Instead she finds herself “in a phase of violent reaction against the […]


The Skeptoptimist

In The New Yorker, the writer Adam Kirsch refers to Ann Veronica as a “topical” novel, by which he appears to mean a novel that can be summed up in fewer words than one hand has fingers – “about the suffragette movement” – but it is really nothing of the sort. No matter the paucity […]


Friday Fun: H.G. Wells and Orson Welles

In 1940, both H.G. Wells and the man he referred to as his “little namesake” Orson Welles were interviewed together on KTSA radio. Orson Welles was, at the time, 25 years old and had begun making Citizen Kane. They spoke about the panic caused by Welles’ 1938 radio broadcast of Wells’ The War of the […]


Life In Brief: H.G. Wells

21 September 1866: Herbert George (H.G.) Wells born in Bromley to an impoverished family (of six) 1874:                         …breaks his leg in an accident and takes to reading out of boredom 1874-80:                   …studies at Thomas Morley’s Commercial Academy 1881:                         …apprenticed to a draper for two years of 13-hour days, sleeps in a dormitory 1880-93:                    …finds great literature by way of […]


1909: The New Woman *200th Post*

Why is it, I wonder, that whenever a woman is unmarried, and ventures to express an opinion of her own these days, men put on that expression you are putting on now and call her the New Woman?                                                                 – Barry Unsworth, The Rage of the Vulture Two young women, worlds apart, the one in England […]