Reception of H.G. Wells in Europe by Patrick Parrinder

By Patrick Parrinder

The Reception of British Authors in Europe sequence comprises literary and political figures, in addition to philosophers, historians and scientists. each one quantity offers new learn at the ways that chosen authors were translated, released, dispensed, learn, reviewed A pioneering scholarly choice of essays outlining the breadth and value of H. G. Wells's literary and political influence all through 20th-century Europe H.G. Wells was once defined through one in every of his ecu critics as a 'seismograph of his age'. he's one of many founding fathers of recent technology fiction, and as a novelist, essayist, educationalist and political propagandist his effect has been felt in each eu kingdom. This number of essays by way of scholarly specialists indicates the various and dramatic nature of Wells's reception, together with translations, serious value determinations, novels and movies on Wellsian issues, and responses to his personal well-publicized visits to Russia and in other places. The authors chart the serious ideological debate that his writings occasioned, fairly within the inter-war years, and the censorship of his books in Nazi Germany and Francoist Spain. This publication bargains pioneering insights into Wells's contribution to twentieth century eu literature and to fashionable political rules, together with the assumption of ecu union.

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Mattick, H. G. Wells als Sozialreformer; Ernst Toller attacks Wells’s views on Soviet Russia Switzerland: U. ) Russia: SWT Spain (Catalan): SWT, Short stories Sweden: EA (through 1936), SOL First Latvian Hungary: F. Karinthy, translation: IM T. Szinnai and G. Kovács, Az ezerarcú író. B. Nánay, Wells, aki tanít Czechoslovakia Russia: Yu. Olesha on (Czech): HMP IM Estonia: LML Finland: SOL (through 1939) France: EA Hungary: ‘The Country of the Blind’ Portugal: TC, Short stories Spain: SWT (approximate date) Sweden: ‘Keeping the Peace’, TC Denmark: OH, SOL Germany: W.

As Partington demonstrates, from as early as 1901 Wells envisaged a united Europe, either by force under German hegemony or cooperatively through a Franco-German entente. With the outbreak of the Great War, a European settlement became imperative for the peace of the world according to Wells, and as early as 1916 he was referring to a prospective ‘United States of Europe’ (1916, 216). Throughout the 1920s and into the 1930s, Wells continued to provide support for the idea of a united Europe, though after 1931 he gave this up in favour of advocating a federal world state.

That was not said before, and something shaped that was not shaped before’ in his collected writings (1924, xx). He preferred to use the term ‘writings’ rather than ‘works’ for his literary output, because, as he said, it was ‘so miscellaneous and uneven’ (1924, ix). This is at once the difficulty and the fascination of investigating his European reception. Moreover, Wells, as the Hungarian writer Lajos Pál Bíró remarked, was more than merely a novelist. He was a ‘seismograph of his age’, whose writings constitute a kind of museum or encyclopaedia of the early twentieth century (1942, 215).

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