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Preview — Ann Veronica by H.G. Wells
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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 comparatively revolutionary, modern novel – which at the time of publication was considered shocking and scandalous (questions and eyebrows were resolutely raised in the press and in the pulpit alike) exploring ...more
From BBC Radio 4 - Drama:
Ann Veronica by H.G. Wells 1/2
Dramatised by Ellen Dryden
Spirited and fiercely intelligent, Ann Veronica is a 21st Century woman in an Edwardian Hobble skirt. She runs away from her stiflingly conventional home and her domineering father to make a fresh start in London. A lively and surprising story; not least because it's created by H.G. Wells.
Produced and directed by Pauline Harris
N.B. EPISODE 2 is dramatiz ...more
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? Everyone calls her Vee.) has a scientific temper, but that's all the science there is to this fiction. And you know what? I quite liked it. Not Time Machine liked it, but liked it all the same. Vee is a stro ...more
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
26 FEB 2017 - available at BBC Radio 4 - Episode 1 - http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08fdkd1
26 FEB 2017 - I am listening to this. I absolutely adore Ann Veronica and her quest. Despite listening, I have already downloaded an eBooks version and will be reading Ann Veronica's journey into her own definition of "freedom."
26 FEB 2017 - Mr Stanley to Ann Veronica - “Cooped up!" he cried. "Did I stand in the way of your ...more
Ann Veronica is the tale of one of those individuals, surfing the initial tide of cha ...more
To be sure, he has a real knack for writing sweet words. I would say some of his expressions are downright beautiful. Howe ...more
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
I would read this one again.
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 no...more
By 1909, Wells absolutely excelled at storytelling while still keeping a penetrating eye on the larger issues of th ...more
This book took me back to my adolescence. In the 1950s and 60s a good number of the attitudes in this book still held sway if you were a middle-class girl whose parents had moved up from the working-class into suburban middle class. This meant that you would have had a reasonable education which could fit you for professional life, but at the same time would be hemmed around by concerns about spoiling your reputation, appearing unfeminine and claiming an independence t ...more
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
Ann Veronica is the youngest of a fairly well-to-do family. She’s not your typical turn-of-the-20th-century girl — she studies bio ...more