People, Jul. 2, 1973

H.G. Wells was a genius at foretelling the future and recounting the past—but life with him in the present could be hell. In The Time Traveller, a biography of Wells just published in England, he comes off as so sex-driven that no one woman could have held on to him. Not quite, disagreed one of the reviewers. Dame Rebecca West should know. She was Wells' mistress from 1912 to 1922 and is the mother of one of his sons, Novelist Anthony West. "As a general rule, it was he who was discarded," she wrote...

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