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Looking Backward, 2000-1887

ISBN-10: 0486290387
ISBN-13: 9780486290386
Edition: 1996 (Unabridged)
Authors: Edward Bellamy
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Description: Stimulating, thought-provoking utopian fantasy about a young man who’s put into a hypnotic sleep in the late 19th century and awakens in the year 2000 to find a vastly changed world where crime, war and want no longer exist. A provocative study of  More...

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Book details

List price: $4.00
Copyright year: 1996
Publisher: Dover Publications, Incorporated
Publication date: 4/12/1996
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 160
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.50" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.286

Stimulating, thought-provoking utopian fantasy about a young man who’s put into a hypnotic sleep in the late 19th century and awakens in the year 2000 to find a vastly changed world where crime, war and want no longer exist. A provocative study of human society as it is and as it might be.

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.

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