The Reception of H.G. Wells in Europe

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H.G. Wells was described by one of his European critics as a 'seismograph of his age'. He is one of the founding fathers of modern science fiction, and as a novelist, essayist, educationalist and political propagandist his influence has been felt in every European country. This collection of essays by scholarly experts shows the varied and dramatic nature of Wells's reception, including translations, critical appraisals, novels and films on Wellsian themes, and responses to his own well-publicized visits to ...

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Overview

H.G. Wells was described by one of his European critics as a 'seismograph of his age'. He is one of the founding fathers of modern science fiction, and as a novelist, essayist, educationalist and political propagandist his influence has been felt in every European country. This collection of essays by scholarly experts shows the varied and dramatic nature of Wells's reception, including translations, critical appraisals, novels and films on Wellsian themes, and responses to his own well-publicized visits to Russia and elsewhere. The authors chart the intense ideological debate that his writings occasioned, particularly in the inter-war years, and the censorship of his books in Nazi Germany and Francoist Spain. This book offers pioneering insights into Wells's contribution to 20th century European literature and to modern political ideas, including the idea of European union.

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John S. Partington was the editor of The Wellsian.

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Series Editor's Preface, Elinor Shaffer \ Acknowledgements \ List of Contributors \ Timeline: European Reception of H. G. Wells, Patrick Parrinder \ Abbreviations \ Introduction, Patrick Parrinder \ FRENCH \ 1. H. G. Wells's Critical Reception in France, Joseph Altairac, trans. Barbara Ghiringhelli \ 2. Henry-D. Davray and Mercure de France, Annie Escuret \ RUSSIAN \ 3. Future Perfect: H. G. Wells and Bolshevik Russia, 1917-1932, Roger Cockrell \ 4. H. G. Wells in Russian Literary Criticism, 1890s-1940s, Adelaida Lyubimova and Boris Proskurnin \ 5. Russia Revisited, Vera Shamina and Maria Kozyreva \ GERMAN \ 6. White Elephants and Black Machines: H. G. Wells and German Culture, 1920-1945, Elmar Schenkel \ 7. Ignorance, Opportunism, Propaganda, and Dissent: The Reception of H. G. Wells in Nazi Germany, Richard Nate \ POLISH \ 8. H. G. Wells's Polish Reception, Andrzej Juszczyk \ 9. On Translations of H. G. Wells's Work into Polish, Julius K. Palczewski \ CZECH \ 10. A Welcome Guest: the Czech Reception of H. G. Wells, Bohuslav Manek \ HUNGARY \ 11. Critics and Apologists of H. G. Wells in Interwar Hungary, Gabriella Voo \ 12. The Puzzle of the Connection between H. G. Wells and the Hungarian Frigyes Karinthy, Katalin Csala \ ITALIAN \ 13. H. G. Wells, Italian Futurism and Marinetti's The Untamables (Gli Indomabili), Maria Teresa Chialant \ CATALAN \ 14. An Approximation of H. G. Wells's Impact on Catalonia, Teresa Iribarren i Donadeu \ SPANISH \ 15. H. G. Wells and the Discourse of Censorship in Franco's Spain, Alberto Lazaro \ PORTUGUESE \ 16. News from Nowhere: Portuguese Dialogues with H. G. Wells, Jose Manuel Mota \ IRISH \ 17. Clashing Utopias: H. G. Wells and Catholic Ireland, Lucian Ashworth \ FRENCH AND RUSSIAN SCIENCE FICTION \ 18. A Tale of Two Science Fictions: H. G. Wells in France and the Soviet Union, George Slusser and Daniele Chatelain \ EUROPEAN FILM \ 19. 'The Invisible Wells' in European Cinema and Television, Nicoletta Vallorani \ EUROPEAN UNIFICATION \ 20. H. G. Wells and the International Paneuropean Union, John S. Partington \ Bibliography \ Index.

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