H. G. Wells

Standard Name: Wells, H. G.
HGW began writing in his childhood and publishing just before the close of the nineteenth century. He was a journalist, novelist, historian and autobiographer, whose favourite fictional genres are science fiction on one hand and on the other realistic explorations of social and political conditions, including women's issues.


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Birth Elizabeth Oxenbridge, Lady Tyrwhit
Elizabeth Oxenbridge (later Lady Tyrwhit) was born at a manor called Brede Place (formerly Forde Place), at the village of Brede in East Sussex, into a family of five children (as well as an...
Cultural formation Elizabeth von Arnim
Born middle-class and presumably white in Australia when it was part of the British Empire, EA later lived in England, Germany, Switzerland, and America. Her experiences in each of these places...
Cultural formation Amber Reeves
Born a New Zealander, she clearly regarded herself later in life as English. Her parents were highly educated professionals. Her mother was a suffragist, and both parents became members of the Fabian Society (founded three...
Dedications G. B. Stern
GBS dedicated to H. G. Wells her first-world-war novel Children of No Man's Land.
“Dictionary of Literary Biography online”. Gale Databases: Literature Resource Center-LRC.
Education Dora Russell
Her subjects included German and French, philosophy and literature, particularly such writers as Kant , Heine , Pascal , Racine , and Voltaire . Among English authors, she admired George Meredith (Modern Love))...
Education Mary Gawthorpe
MG 's later educational endeavours continued through 1904-5, running concurrently with teaching (as the family breadwinner) and increasing political activity. She felt as if this was a private obsession, which would be incomprehensible to anyone...
Education Olivia Manning
At home Olivia was encouraged to love poetry, learned to read by the time she was four, and was later subjected to piano lessons which taught her nothing. As a teenager and thinking of herself...
Education Fay Weldon
FW learned to read at three: I remember . . . the way the letters suddenly made sense.
Weldon, Fay. Auto da Fay. Flamingo, 2002.
After her grandmother joined the family in 1942 she was able to borrow adult books from...
Family and Intimate relationships Cecily Mackworth
CM later wrote that the search for love was interwoven with many events of her life; she felt her judgement was poor in matters of the heart, and connected this with the loss of her...
Family and Intimate relationships Amber Reeves
AR 's time at the London School of Economics was ended when she became pregnant as a result of a sexual liaison with H. G. Wells , which had begun while she was at Cambridge...
Family and Intimate relationships Rebecca West
Through the 1920s, RW had several brief and sometimes conflicted romantic liaisons with men. In 1920 she made some moves towards having an affair with Compton Mackenzie in retaliation for Wells 's continuing infidelities. During...
Family and Intimate relationships Violet Hunt
VH had an affair with H. G. Wells while he was married to his second wife and also involved with author Dorothy Richardson .
Belford, Barbara. Violet. Simon and Schuster, 1990.
Family and Intimate relationships Elizabeth von Arnim
EA and H. G. Wells were lovers, though the relationship was strained: Jane Wells did not intend to divorce her husband, and it was during this time that he became involved with Rebecca West as...
Family and Intimate relationships E. Nesbit
In 1886, the year of EN 's first stillbirth, her close friend Alice Hoatson became her husband's mistress. Alice then moved in with the Blands: ostensibly to help look after their children, since she was...
Family and Intimate relationships Fay Weldon
During her marriage she and Edgar entertained the literary and avant-garde world: she later regaled her grand-daughter with irreverent stories of Joseph Conrad , Jean Rhys (Such a louche young woman),
Weldon, Fay. Auto da Fay. Flamingo, 2002.
Ford Madox Ford


With her publication of Grains of Sense, philosopher Victoria, Lady Welby , shifted from theology towards a more academic and analytic study of meaning.
2 September 1914
The British War Propaganda Bureau (newly formed along the lines of a similar body in Germany) summoned twenty-five writers to discuss the production of texts that would boost national feeling and the war effort.
H. G. Wells became vice-president of the Malthusian League .
22 June 1925
The Film Society was incorporated in London, where it operated until 1939.
By October 1926
The BBC named Hilda Matheson as its first Director of Talks, one of the most highly paid jobs for a woman in any organisation at that time,
Carney, Michael. Stoker. Published by the author, 1999.
as her biographer puts it.
23 August 1927
Two Italian immigrants to the USA, Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti , were executed amid international furore for shooting dead a paymaster and a security guard outside a factory at South Braintree.
After February 1932
An appeal of Count Potocki of Montalk 's case was heard; and although he was not cleared, an advance in obscene libel cases was made.
July 1945
Vannevar Bush 's article on information theory entitled As We May Think was published in Atlantic Monthly.