Foreign News: Voice of Reason

To the English writer whom Anatole France once called the greatest intellectual force in the English-speaking world, death came last week. Herbert G. (for George) Wells had described himself to a friend just a few weeks before as having "one foot in the grave and the other waving about."

The last time Wells left his house alive was to vote in the 1945 general election. When he left it for the last time one day last week, the London Daily Herald observed that, more than any other one man, H. G. Wells was responsible for Socialist England.

He had looked like, and was,...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!