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Looking Backward, 2000-1887

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ISBN-10: 155709506X

ISBN-13: 9781557095060

Edition: N/A

Authors: Edward Bellamy

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Set in Boston on December 26, 2000, but written before the turn of the nineteenth century, this classic Utopian novel is more significant and relevant than ever with its reappearance this millennium. Addressing moral and material concerns of late nineteenth century industrial America through romantic narrative, Bellamy suggests a fictionalized society in which war, poverty, and malice do not exist.
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Book details

Publisher: Applewood Books
Publication date: 9/1/2000
Binding: Perfect 
Pages: 220
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.638
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,…    

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
A Bellamy Chronology (1850-1898)
Questions for Consideration
Selected Bibliography