Books: Triangle

H.G. WELLS: ASPECTS OF A LIFE by Anthony West Random House; 405 pages; $22.95

They met in the fall of 1912. He was 46, married, a prolific author of verve and renown. She was 19, single and unknown. When their affair ended ten years later, three people had been wounded beyond measure or retribution. But it was not for want of trying. In his day, H.G. Wells railed against his ungrateful mistress Rebecca West. She in turn portrayed herself as the suffering Other Woman, 15 forced to bring up their illegitimate son, Anthony West,...

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