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    A Contrite H. G. Wells Writes to
    Naomi Mitchison

    H. G. Wells Autograph Letter Signed. Two pages on one leaf of Wells' stationery note card, 3.5 x 4.5 inches, Clarence Gate, March 21, 1933. Addressed "Dear Naomi I think I shall come on Boat Race day & may I perhaps bring a friend? I have nev [sic] seen the Boat Race. Is there any particular warning [?] of how not to get you? I want to see you. I've abused your Outline Everywhere & I feel I ought to show you that I forgive [overleaf] you for anything I've said about it. (But then I think you have written the greatest historical novel ever done [Wells is evidently referring to Mitchison's The Corn King and the Spring Queen]. Bless you anyhow. - whether you like it or not Yours H. G." Card browned and mildly creased. Good.
    From the Larry McMurtry Collection of H. G. Wells.

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    Naomi Mitchison (Scottish novelist, poet and scientist, 1897-1999) was a vocal feminist and socialist, perhaps the best reason she moved in the same circles as Wells. Her works were considered controversial for their outspoken feminist point of view and her frank depiction of sexual matters and birth control. Her work as a science fiction novelist was heavily influenced by Wells. Her historical novel, The Corn King and the Spring Queen (1931) is considered by many to be one of the best of its kind of the twentieth century.

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    April, 2015
    8th-9th Wednesday-Thursday
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