The Reception of British Authors in Europe series includes literary and political figures, as well as philosophers, historians and scientists. Each volume provides new research on the ways in which selected authors have been translated, published, distributed, read, reviewed A pioneering scholarly collection of essays outlining the breadth and significance of H. G. Wells's literary and political impact throughout 20th-century Europe 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.
(FR) 'Elinor Shaffer, grande specialiste de litterature comparee de l'Universite de Londres ..., aura eu tot fait de rendre incontournable la recente collection d'ouvrages evoquant la reception d'auteurs britanniques, et publiee par Thoemmes Continuum dans la serie Athlone Critical Traditions . Le remarquable volume inaugural consacre a Virginia Woolf en 2002 a ete suivi, en quatre courtes annees, d'une liste impressionnante de titres [qui] mobilisent la meme energie collective a l'echelle internationale.
(EN)Elinor Shaffer, an eminent specialist in comparative literature, from the University of London...will have made it impossible to circumvent the recent collection of works evoking the reception of British authors, published by Continuum in the series "Athlone Critical Traditions." The remarkable inaugural volume devoted to Virginia Woolf in 2002 was followed, in four short years, by an impressive list of titles [each] mobilising the same collective energy on an international scale.
(FR)Parce qu'il tient a la fois de l'etude bibliographique a l'echelle europeenne, et de l'analyse theorique de la reception de l'oeuvre litteraire, ce livre fait pleinement honneur a la collection soignee qui l'abrite, tout en offrant un nouvel outil precieux au lecteur de Wells.' (EN)...because it holds the bibliographical study on a European scale, and the theoretical analysis of the reception of the literary oeuvre, this book fully honours the neat collection which shelters it, while offering a new invaluable tool to Wells readers.' Extract from Christine Huguet (Universite de Lille III), "Etudes Anglaises", 60.2 (2007): 246-47.