Looking Backward, 2000-1887

ISBN-10: 0451527631
ISBN-13: 9780451527639
Edition: 2000
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Book details

List price: $5.95
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date: 5/1/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 3.25" wide x 6.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.242
Language: English

It is as a romantric Utopian rather than a novelist or profound thinker that Edward Bellamy is remembered and read today. While working as a journalist in Springfield, Massachusetts, he began to write novels and later short stories but did not achieve much success until the publication of Looking Backward (1888). The hero of this fantasy falls asleep in 1887 and awakens in the year 2000 to find himself in a humane scientific and socialistic utopia. After selling fewer than 10,000 copies in its first year, Looking Backward became enormously popular. Clubs were formed to promote Bellamy's social ideas, and he became a leader of a nationalist movement, crusading for economic equality, brotherhood, and the progressive nationalization of industry. Americans as diverse as Thorstein Veblen and John Dewey have been influenced by Bellamy's suggestion that the products of industrial energy, intelligently organized, could be used to obtain a nobler future. His The Religion of Solidarity (1940), long out of print, is again available.

ARTHUR B. EVANS is Professor of French at DePauw University and Managing Editor of the scholarly journal Science Fiction Studies. He is series editor for Wesleyan's Early Classics of Science Fiction series. STANFORD LUCE is Professor Emeritus of French at Miami University in Ohio. WALTER JAMES MILLER is Professor of English at The School of Professional and Continuing Studies at New York University.

Foreword
Preface
Introduction: Edward Bellamy's Utopia in his Time and Ours
The Document
Author's Preface
Looking Backward
Postscript: The Rate of the World's Progress
Appendices
A Bellamy Chronology (1850-1898)
Questions for Consideration
Selected Bibliography
Index

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