Elizabeth F. Evans is Associate Professor of English at Wayne State University. The author of Threshold Modernism: New Public Women and the Literary Spaces of Imperial London (Cambridge, 2019), she is working on a quantitative study of gender and literary geography in British fiction, an edited book on space and literary studies, and a book about airplanes and aerial views. She is also Program Chair of the Modernist Studies Association.
Elizabeth F. Evans
H. G. Wells may be most famous in modernist studies for Virginia Woolf’s suggestion that he doesn’t belong among the “moderns.” Yet Wells was vitally engaged with the features, futures, and controversies of early twentieth-century life, as his varied oeuvre makes clear. If his science fiction has kept Wells a household name, it is in his social romances that we see him at his most perceptive as an observer of modern everyday life. Socialists and suffragettes are among the characters of Ann Veronica: A Modern Romance (1909), a novel that grapples with roles for women in a time of rapid social change. Previously out of print in the US, and with no scholarly edition available anywhere, Ann Veronica was overdue for rediscovery. Carey J. Snyder’s edition of the novel provides an incisive introduction, illuminating notes, and judiciously chosen contemporary documents that enable readers to appreciate Wells’s contributions to the debates of his age and to our own.