Bibliographic information:
ISBN: 9781913724702
Paperback • 128pp • £5.99
129 mm x 198 mm
18 May 2022
Territory: World English (excluding US)

The Rights of Man

or, What Are We Fighting For?

H.G. Wells

Introduction by Burhan Sönmez, President of PEN International



ISBN: 9781913724702




In 1940 the Second World War continued to rage, and atrocities wreaked around the globe made international waves. Wells, a socialist and prominent political thinker as well as a first-rate novelist, set down in The Rights of Man a stirring manifesto, designed to instruct the international community on how best to safeguard human rights.

The work gained traction, and was soon under discussion for becoming actual legislation. Although Wells didn’t live to see it enacted, his words laid the groundwork for the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which enshrined human rights in law for the first time, and was adopted by the United Nations in 1948, changing the course of history for ever and granting fundamental rights to billions.

This edition has an introduction by Burhan Sönmez, President of PEN International, ‘He Told Us So’.

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H.G. Wells

H.G. Wells (1866–1946) was a prolific writer best known for his genre-defining science-fiction novels. A socialist and a member of the Fabian Society, Wells was an outspoken political thinker, and his writings on human rights were incredibly influential.