Lot #723
H. G. Wells

Wells on a translation of The Time Machine—"I'll be glad to see it done"
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Wells on a translation of The Time Machine—"I'll be glad to see it done"

ALS, one page, 7 x 9, 13 Hanover Terrace letterhead, August 22, 1941. Letter to British writer and linguist Charles Kay Ogden, in part: "I don't know about the translation of The Time Machine, except that I'll be glad to see it done. I think your offer of 5% on the first 3000 & then 10% is quite reasonable.—? with an advance on a/c of five pounds? (We usually have an advance but I don't insist). I'm very keen to get that…declaration out into what is likely to be the language of diplomacy for the next century or so and I am delighted by your reason as far as it goes. I am a fanatic for this declaration. All my best wishes. Ring me up some time when you are in London & we'll have a talk." In fine condition.

Charles Kay Ogden (1889-1957) was an English philosopher, writer, and linguistic psychologist, who is now mostly remembered as the inventor and propagator of Basic English, an international auxiliary language and aid for teaching English as a second language. Essentially a simplified subset of regular English, the concept was first presented in Ogden's 1930 book Basic English: A General Introduction with Rules and Grammar. Wells adopted the idea of Basic English in his 1933 science fiction work The Shape of Things to Come.

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  • Auction Title: Fine Autographs and Artifacts
  • Dates: #583 - Ended May 13, 2020

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