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Oh…THAT Explains Weena’s Outfit!

Vivian Gornick taught me something in her article The Beginning of Wisdom: On reading H.G. Wells: Wells was a randy little bugger!

In practice this meant that Wells, espousing the doctrine of free love, pursued women steadily and relentlessly for the whole of his adult life; the intensity of sexual renewal was his necessity, and he thought that neither he nor anyone else should do without it. Convinced that he was serving a principled article of faith, he conducted his many affairs with the knowledge and apparent consent of the sexually faint-hearted wife whom he had persuaded that his sleeping with other women need not disturb their firmly anchored family life.

[via Backwards City]

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John DeNardo is the Managing Editor at SF Signal and a columnist at Kirkus Reviews. He also likes bagels. So there.

3 Comments on Oh…THAT Explains Weena’s Outfit!

  1. Whoa. Can’t say I knew THAT about H.G. Wells. And, in point of fact, I’m not sure I needed to either.

    I think that makes him a much, much braver man than I am. There is no way in hell I would try running anything like THAT by my wife. Not in a million years. Not even from a safe distance.

  2. Interesting! Free Love — one more philosophical connection between Wells and Heinlein. see:

  3. Ich habe auch Heuto Geburtstag =)
    freu mich bin 16 gewordenn


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