H. G. Wells, Ann Veronica

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The modern reader may be surprised that one of Wells’ most shocking books – at least for his contemporaries – was not the one that took his protagonist to a world of savage Morlocks who cannibalize the ethereal Eloi; nor was it the book that had an advanced civilization invade Earth and reduce London to rubble. Far more threatening than these speculative romances was a book set in the immediate present, featuring a creature far more dangerous than either Martians or the Invisible Man. The novel was

Ann Veronica

, and its heroine was one of those dreaded “New Women” who haunted the pages of Victorian/Edwardian novels. Taking his cue from the Grant Allen’s 1895 novel,

The Woman Who Did

, Wells depicted a woman who defies the narrow expectations of society to choose love and…

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Citation: Grasso, Joshua. "Ann Veronica". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 30 January 2023 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=6593, accessed 26 February 2024.]

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