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Ann Veronica

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An introductionby the author of The Duchess explores why Wells's classic tale of one woman's fight against the stifling conventions of Edwardian England is as relevant today as in 1909

Stong-willed, reckless, and fiercely independent, Ann Veronica Stanley is determined to be a "Person," to work, love, and, above all, to live. Walking away from her stifling father and the so...more
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Published June 1st 2011 by Orion Publishing (first published 1909)
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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" college that she wants to attend. In time the limited intellectual stimulation provided by Tredgold's "store of faded learning" isn't enough for her and she begins to want more out of her life. Having had...more
ANN VERONICA. (1909). H. G. Wells. ****.
Both Wells and his good friend G. B. Shaw attempted to address social issues through their writings – Wells through his novels and essays, Shaw through his plays and prefaces. Both were effective in their efforts, and both had a profound effect of the shape of literature to come. Even in his ‘science fiction’ works, Wells managed to sneak in his views on the state of our society. In this novel, he addresses the social and political status of women in turn...more
Mary Ronan Drew
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 despite dangers from suitors who would crush her spirit as thoroughly as her father has tried to do, and a seemingly friendly man who wants to seduce her. She finally falls in love with a married man a...more
H.G. Wells is widely known for his speculative science fiction work, but he also published across a variety of topics, both fiction and nonfiction. I struggled through his expository style in his first novel, The Time Machine (1895). Instead of showing the reader, he told the reader, in long, drawn-out sequences. I liked the ideas he was exploring, but I didn't enjoy the execution.

By 1909, Wells absolutely excelled at storytelling while still keeping a penetrating eye on the larger issues of th...more
Anyone looking for a Positive Role Model is likely to be disappointed by Ann Veronica. If the novel had been written as a polemic, the heroine would have been level-headed, liberal and wholly consistent. But she is a human. She rails against the lot of women, but she is really more interested in her own personal happiness rather than that of women in general. Some may dislike the way that in the end she gets over her youthful rebellion and becomes a dutiful wife who enjoys being told what to do;...more
Cole Schoolland
This book was a fun find. Incredible that one of the fathers of Science Fiction was also a pretty progressive radical. Though, I suppose that is the nature of most SciFi authors.

Ann Veronica is the story of the New Woman (new, that is to the Victorian era) who struggles to find her freedom and equality (feminism) while at the same time coming to terms with her own identity (femininity). The constraints of her family, pedigree, class, and sex are all under question as our heroine struggles to di...more
Being one of the "New Woman" novels, I didn't know quite what to expect. This is the best, most realistic one I've read thus far. Vee's spunk is admirable and Wells took on the subject with a decent blend of traditional and non-traditional behavior. The ending was very appropriate for me at this time in my life. It wasn't edgy and yet it wasn't sentimental.
I would read this one again.
It was very interesting to read what would have been scandalous 100 years ago. Even today I found myself thinking, Whoa! Did she just do that? Ann Veronica is very brave, very determined, and a bit selfish, but I guess like father like daughter on that one. I think this was a fun experiment, and Ann and friends do reflect a lot on women's place in the world, gender equality, and science. It reminded me of Aldous Huxley's The Island with all the philosophizing. I guess I was a bit disappointed be...more
Pretty good. I think authors today might do similar things without being so explicit that that's what they are doing (I imagined Carol Shields or someone writing this book today), but even with the ideology made so plain, Wells does a pretty good job of making real characters and a real story. And I loved what he had to say about projection.
What began as a thoughtful girl's exploration of her identity as a young woman in Suffrage-era Britain ended with her conceding to a typical domestic life. Ignoring the disappointing outcome, it's still a strong meditation on the pointlessness of keeping within the bounds of mindless convention.

Actual rating: 3.5

While this is a coming of age story it seems that the core theme is whether or not the kids end up repeating the errors they perceive in their parents' love, marriage, child-rearing ways. Or, are the ways of the past cultural and in the future kids and parents may reach a new cultural place where they don't have the BIG conflicts...

The story line seemed more like a caricature, or a sketch, rather than a full blown novel. It seems quick in roll out with an attempt by Wells to...more
Wells hasn't written many books with a female protagonist and while I didn't agree with everything that he wrote in this one, it was nice to see him attempt to look at the ideas of feminism, and the suffragettes. It was also interesting to see it interwoven with his own semi-autobiographical novels but from the other point of view. Ann Veronica was a young woman, 21, living at home and dominated by her father at the beginning of the 20th century. She was wanting to go and study biology at Imperi...more
This book follows the life and decisions of Ann Veronica, a young woman who feels constrained by the social stigmas of the early 1900's. She disagrees with her father about school, friends, and general freedoms and finally leaves home to persue a life of freedom and forward thinking. She becomes involved with the suffragettes and makes some poor decisions about money and men. Her experiences slowly draw her away from the Victorian mind frame and stuffiness and into a "modern" world of thought.

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Andrew McBurnie
I'd only read HG Wells' science-fiction, which all reek of their era, so this book was a surprise because it was published in 1909 but feels modern: the suffragettes, socialists and other trendy radicals that the heroine Anne Veronica gets involved with seem straight out of the late sixties/early seventies. Wells describes the confusion of Fabian meetings and the “inexplicable enthusiasm” of the suffrage movement, with its “incoherent cries for unsoundly formulated ends”. The trendy revolutionar...more
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...more

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 class I decided to read one of them and a good decision it was.

Herbert Wells himself claimed that his science fiction was just a stage in his literary career which enabled him to move further to the nov

Briana Grenert
I am happy I read this. This is the first (and probably the last) of HG Well's love stories I have read. This is also the first book that I listened to on audio. I have resolved that when I am doing chores and the like that it would benefit me to be productive and listen to a book. It definitely made the time pass.
This book was really interesting, especially living today. Ann Veronica was very progessive and a lot of what she was fighting for (suffrage, women's freedom and the freedom of women t...more
It's hard to figure out what to make, and for that reason (and also, I guess, because Wells is usually pigeonholed as a sci-fi writer, and because he wrote A LOT of books), it's understandable why it's obscure. It is, for the most part, a really witty and insightful social satire about the life of a young middle class woman in the early 20th century, from a largely feminist and progressive POV. It's nice to read for that reason, for the insight and also because it's entertaining. On the other ha...more
Dara Salley
This book is basically H.G. Well’s take on feminism and the women’s suffrage movement told in narrative form through the adventures of one young woman. His views on women ranged from insightful to insulting, but that wasn’t the interesting part of the novel. To me the novel was about a young person trying to find their place in life. Many people in their early twenties go through phases where they try to find the answers through political associations. There is also usually a period of reining i...more
on the whole I enjoyed this book though I thought the ending cut short. I would have liked to know what happened to them after returning from the Alps, how society had accepted them and the difficulties Capes encountered before/during to become a successful author.

It was well written and the characters were all believable, with I felt, ideas that were entirely appropriate to the times in which it was set, although Ann Veronica was extremely naive particularly compared to today.
One of Wells's realist novels, this follows a young, headstrong Ann Veronica as she tries to make her way in the world--both the world of science (she wants to continue studies over her father's wishes) and the world of love (to continue her studies, she gets help from a man who presumes too much, while she falls in love with her teacher).

Wells was friends and lovers with many women; and his portrait of Ann Veronica seems clear-eyed and unsentimental about women's circumscribed position at this...more
Ann Veronica is a "New Woman," who defies her father, moves to London where she thinks she can get a job and support herself so that she can continue to study biology. I loved the fact that the novel upends Victorian expectations that she will get her comeuppance, that she should come to no good end because she pursues the man she wants even though he's married to someone else. I also loved the fact that after the rebellious "New Woman" gets her man, she ends up a bourgeois housewife and expecta...more
Marts  (Thinker)
A headstrong young woman determined to create a living on her own choosing what she thinks best for herself, making her own decisions despite much opposition...
I rather liked this statement she makes in part one of chapter ten 'The Suffragettes', "I will not have this slavery... I will not be slave to the thought of any man, slave to the custom of any time. Confound this slavery of sex, I am a man, I will get this under if I am killed in doing it..."
This book was written at a time in history whe...more
Nov 03, 2011 Lauren rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: anyone interested in British fiction or the New Woman
Recommended to Lauren by: Andy Nagy.
Shelves: worthrereading
I like this just as much as I did the first time I read it. Ann's voice is so fresh and modern. Wells must have really been carefully listening to the women (and there were a lot of them) in his life. Ann's trajectory from her father's house to life on her own is fascinating, as is her foray into the sufferage movement. There's some wooly Wellsian writing here, but also some crisply expressed ideas and vivid, almost visceral scenes.

I like the ambiguous ending more this time around.

A wonderful...more
A young woman's coming of age story, no science fiction. Beautifully written. I couldn't put it down.
One of the things I did not like about the book was the ending, what a SELL-OUT to get married! I felt angry with her for it. And Wells description of "V" liking to be "dominated" by her man at the end! GUH! What a SICKENING DHLesque male ego stroking pile of POO!!! However, besides these criticisms it was a good book - I could fully relate to Ann up until the end. I still wonder why it landed in the feminist list, but then again - I'm a lot more radical than the pornofied feminist cliches of to...more
Ann Veronica Stanley rebels against the expectations for a respectable young woman in prewar suburban middle-class Britain, trying hard to think for herself and find a place for herself in the world that hasn't been decided for her by other people. The book goes in some unexpected and interesting directions. One thing she discovers is that high-minded ideals of independence aren't enough without the economic wherewithal to back them up.
This book is so well written: a progressive coming of age novel that's not science fiction. Please read it.
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In 1866, (Herbert George) H.G. Wells was born to a working class family in Kent, England. Young Wells received a spotty education, interrupted by several illnesses and family difficulties, and became a draper's apprentice as a teenager. The headmaster of Midhurst Grammar School, where he had spent a year, arranged for him to return as an "usher," or student teacher. Wells earned a government schol...more
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