Ann Veronica

H. G. Wells

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Ann Veronica is a novel by H. G. Wells about Ann Veronica Stanley, a young woman who rebels against her father's rule. Ann leaves home after her father forbids her to attend a fancy dress ball. She moves into her own apartment and continues her studies in Biology. Set in Victorian London, it evokes the suffrage movement that was going on in Great Britain at the time, and there is a part in the book where Ann devotes herself to this cause and ends up spending time in prison. She returns home, seemingly ready to acquiesce to her previous life, but after becoming engaged to a man she does not love, she takes a leap of faith and breaks off the engagement and declares her love to a man she met whilst studying Biology instead. The novel was considered a scandalous work by many in its day and was denounced as 'capable of poisoning the minds of those who read it' by The Spectator.

This book has 97,630 words, 177 pages in the PDF version, and was originally published in 1909.

Production notes: This ebook of Ann Veronica was published by Global Grey in 2018, and updated on the 23rd December 2022. The artwork used for the cover is 'Self-Portrait' by Dora Wahlroos.

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