The H.G. Wells Society
Aims and Functions of the Society
The H.G. Wells Society was founded in 1960. It has an international
membership, and aims to promote a widespread interest in the life, work and
thought of Herbert George Wells
(see "Statement of Objects"). It publishes an annual
journal, The Wellsian, and issues a
biannual newsletter. It has published a comprehensive bibliography of Wells's
published works, and other publications, including
a number of works by Wells which have been out of print for many years.
Here is a list of H.G. Wells works
currently in print (updated through February 2005), an important note on
Wells and Copyright, and a full
The Society organises a weekend conference each year when aspects of Wells's
life and work are discussed in a congenial atmosphere. Topics discussed in
recent years have included
- The Short Stories of H.G. Wells
- Publishing and Publicising Wells
- Wells's Literary Friendships
- The War of the Worlds (The proceedings of this conference appear in Foundation 77)
- Wells and his Critics
In addition, the Society has organised two major international conferences.
The first, under the title, H.G. Wells under Revision, was held in 1986 to
mark the 40th anniversary of Wells's death; the second,
The Time Machine: Past, Present and Future was held in 1995 to mark
the centenary of the publication of Wells's first scientific romance.
The subscription rate is currently £20 a year (individuals and couples, UK/EU) or £24 (rest of the
world); institutional members, £25; retired, unwaged and
full-time students, £13 (UK/EU) or £16 (rest of the world). For more information on joining the society, follow this
Subscription and other society information is available through:
20 Upper Field Close
Please address publicity enquiries to the society's Publicity Officer, Dr Emelyne Godfrey.
A Note on Submissions for the Newsletter:
Short articles for consideration, as well as, comments, queries and observations, are welcome via post in the first instance if you do not have access to e-mail. However, in order
to produce the Newsletter electronically it is important that submissions, if accepted, are word processed and emailed to me in MS Word, to
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SOCIETY NEWS AND EVENTS
Emelyne Godfrey's new book, Femininity, Crime and Self-Defence in Victorian Literature and
Society: From Dagger-Fans to Suffragettes, features Wells's sensational novel, Ann Veronica (1909), as a major theme. Masculinity,
Crime, and Self Defence in Victorian Literature: Duelling with Danger appeared in paperback form in March 2013.
Elizabeth Crawford's website mentions her piece, The Woman’s Bond of Freedom: H.G. Wells, Ann Veronica
and the Suffragettes, which was published in the Ann Veronica Special Edition of
The Journalism of H.G. Wells: An Annotated Bibliography by David C. Smith and edited by Patrick Parrinder, is now available with a limited time discount
for H.G. Wells Society members. - Click Here for Information -.
Click for Patrick Parrinder's review of the society's 2010 From Kent to Cosmopolis
conference. It was held at the Darwin Conference Centre, University of Kent at Canterbury, July 9th - 11th, 2010.
The first known Mongolian translation of The War of the Worlds is now available from the Mongolian
National Association for Control of Infectious Diseases for $16 (US) per copy, including postage and packing. Discounts
available for orders of five or more copies. Please contact the association president,
Prof. P. Nymadawa at firstname.lastname@example.org
for ordering information. The association's special edition includes illustrations and a parallel English translation of
what appears to be the authoritative Atlantic edition of 1924.
Click for information on The Early Fiction of H.G.
Wells: Fantasies of Science, by former HGW Society Secretary Steve McLean, offering a detailed and comprehensive study of the
interconnections between Wells's scientific romances and the discourses of science in the 1890s and early years of the twentieth century.
It has just been shortlisted for the British Society for Literature and Science's best book prize for 2009. Also still available is
Wells Interdisciplinary Essays, a collection of mostly new essays from both established scholars and younger researchers and incorporates
various aspects of Wells’s position as one of the most important writers of the late nineteenth century and early years of the twentieth century.
Click for information on H.G. Wells in
Nature and H.G. Wells'
Fin-de-Siecle, both edited by John Partington and published by Peter Lang AG.