Going over

  • David Trotter
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Abstract

Among English writers the scramble for dictators was less fierce, although not without incident. H. G. Wells buttonholed Stalin in 1934, and the resulting conversation was published in the New Statesman of October 27:

WELLS: … Now I have come to you to ask you what you are doing to change the world.

STALIN: Not so very much.

Hardly a cup-tie atmosphere. As the occasion progresses, its hollowness becomes increasingly apparent. ‘It would be a good thing,’ Wells quipped, ‘to invent a Five Year Plan for the reconstruction of the human brain, which obviously lacks many things needed for a perfect social order. (Laughter.)’

Keywords

Sugar Europe Amid Rubber Assure 

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