Professor Gail Cunningham
Emeritus Professor of English, Kingston University
‘The New Woman’ was one of the most controversial figures of the fin de siècle. Outspoken, free-thinking, and sometimes free-loving, she held obvious interest for a writer of modern ideas such as H.G. Wells. In such novels as Ann Veronica, and in his relationships with radical women of the time, Wells was both champion and critic of the early form of feminism, that remains deeply relevant to our own age.