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Ann Veronica
Author: H. G. Wells

ISBN: 9781554812301
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 350
Published: 15 November 2015
Country of Publication: CA
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0 x 2.0
H.G. Wells's 1909 novel centres on the coming of age of the spirited Ann Veronica, who defies her father by fleeing their suburban home to live independently in London. There she mingles with feminists, studies biology, learns jiu jitsu, and even participates in a suffragette raid on the House of Commons, which lands her in jail. The novel was a success in part because of its transparently autobiographical dimension: the married celebrity author based the novel's central romance on his affair with Amber Reeves, the daughter of two prominent Fabians. The National Social Purity Crusade pressured libraries not to circulateAnn Veronica, prompting Wells to regard himself as a "symbol against the authoritative, the dull, the presumptuously established, against all that is hateful and hostile to youth and tomorrow." The novel absorbs readers as fully today as it did a hundred years ago; Ann Veronica's engagement with socialists and suffragettes resonates with our own era's renewed involvement in social and political protest movements like Occupy Wall Street.
Historical documents expand on the novel's autobiographical dimension with letters between Wel...

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