Crux Ansata

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This article is about the book by H. G. Wells. For the ancient Egyptian symbol, see ankh.
First cover

Crux Ansata, subtitle 'An Indictment of the Roman Catholic Church' by H. G. Wells is a (96 page) wartime book first published in 1943 by Penguin Books, Hammonsworth (Great Britain): Penguin Special No. 129.[1] The U. S. edition, jacket front shown, was copyrighted and published in 1944 by Agora Publishing Company, New York, with a portrait frontispiece and an appendix on pages 140-143 of an interview with Wells recorded by Mr. John Rowland, which first appeared March 1944 in the London Literary Guide.[2] The U.S. edition of 144 pages went into a third printing in August 1946.[3]

H. G. Wells living in London under the regular bombings from across the English Channel extensively attacks Pope Pius XII and Roman Catholicism, beginning his polemic with "Why do we not bomb Rome?"[4]

The book also forms a basic history of the Church and fulfils a positive propaganda role.


References[edit]

  1. ^ H. G. Wells a comprehensive bibliography. Great Britain: H. G. Wells Society. 1972. pp. page 44. ISBN 0-902291-65-3. 
  2. ^ Wells, H. G. Crux Ansata, an indictment of the Roman Catholic Church. New York: Agora Publishing. p. 140. 
  3. ^ Wells, H. G. (1946). Crux Ansata, an indictment of the Roman Catholic Church. New York: Agora Publishing. pp. ii–iv. 
  4. ^ http://gutenberg.net.au/ebooks13/1303501h.html#ch1