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The Riviera Loves of H.G. Wells

see url The English novelist and journalist Herbert George (H. G.) Wells was best known for science fiction novels such as The Invisible Man and The War of the Worlds, and for his many social novels such as Kipps and The History of Mr Polly.  His long association with the Côte d’Azur centred mostly in the countryside around Grasse between the two world wars.

source url A serial womaniser, Wells left his wife Catherine and their two sons for long periods while keeping a string of mistresses.  His autobiographical H. G. Wells in Love barely mentions the word “love”: it is a catalogue of Wells’s extra-marital dalliances, beginning with “a certain little Miss Kingsmill” shortly after his first son was born in 1901.

opcje binarne bonus He tended to replace his foreground lovers in ten-year cycles.  His most famous was the English novelist Rebecca West – who wrote that the Riviera was “the nearest thing to paradise”.  In 1923 he began the affair with an Austrian writer which he later called “the vociferous transit of Odette Keun”, and in 1933 Keun was discarded for a Russian Baroness, Moura Budberg, translator and mistress of the Russian poet Gorky.

differenza forex e opzioni digitali All this was against a background of transient lovers who included the wife of a New Zealand High Commissioner; the Irish writer Elizabeth Beauchamp; an un-named American widow who lived in the Hôtel Negresco; and the trivial pursuit of “women I had only a brief and simple use for”.

see His succession of love-nests on the Grasse verges began in Magagnosc, followed by Lou Bastidon in Malbosc, and a villa that he and Keun built to their own design.  They called it Lou Pidou, – Provençal for “The Treasure” – and above the fireplace they carved the words “Two lovers built this house”.

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