Caesar's Column A Story of the Twentieth Century

ISBN-10: 0819566667
ISBN-13: 9780819566669
Edition: 2003
List price: $27.95
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Description: Published in 1890, Caesar's Column is an account of a trip to New York City in 1988 by a visitor from the Swiss colony of Uganda. The great metropolis dazzles with its futuristic technology, but its ostentatious wealth and luxury mask the brutal  More...

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Book details

List price: $27.95
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: University Press of New England
Publication date: 12/4/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 340
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

Published in 1890, Caesar's Column is an account of a trip to New York City in 1988 by a visitor from the Swiss colony of Uganda. The great metropolis dazzles with its futuristic technology, but its ostentatious wealth and luxury mask the brutal repression of the laboring classes by their rich bosses. The workers, aided by international terrorists, stage a violent revolt and the narrator flees the devastated city by airship to found an agrarian utopia in Africa. Fueled by outrage at social conditions, Caesar's Column was the first major dystopian novel in the English language. Its author, Ignatius Donnelly, was the most famous--and controversial--American populist politician of the day, and his book became a huge bestseller and was often compared to such utopian works as Edward Bellamy's Looking Backward (1888) and William Morris's News from Nowhere (1890). This Wesleyan edition includes an insightful introduction and notes by Nicholas Ruddick.

NICHOLAS RUDDICK is a professor of English at the University of Regina and author of Ultimate Island: On the Nature of British Science Fiction (1993).

Acknowledgments
A Note on References
Introduction
Ignatius Donnelly: A Chronology
A Note on the Text
Caesar's Column: A Story of the Twentieth Century
Notes
Bibliography
About the Author and the Editor

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