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Looking Backward, 2000-1887

Bellamy, Edward, 1850-1898 (Paperback - 2009 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Looking Backward, 2000-1887
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A wealthy Bostonian awakes from a hypnotic trance to find himself in a futuristic cooperative commonwealth.

Authors: Bellamy, Edward, 1850-1898
Statement of Responsibility: Edward Bellamy ; with an introduction by Walter James Miller and a new afterword by Eliot Fintushel
Title: Looking backward, 2000-1887
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Signet Classics, 2009
Characteristics: 236 p. ; 18 cm.
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (p. 235-236)
Subject Headings: Boston (Mass.) Fiction Utopias Fiction Two thousand, A.D. Fiction Social problems Fiction
Genre/Form: Utopian fiction
Science fiction
Time travel fiction
Topical Term: Utopias
Two thousand, A.D
Social problems
ISBN: 0451531167
9780451531162
Branch Call Number: FIC B
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Aug 23, 2014
  • robhoma rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Edward Bellamy agreed with concepts of socialism and wrote Looking Backward to explain to the public how such a utopian society could work. His plot is minimal and primarily a vehicle to promote social reform. A happy ending is the necessary outcome, for the reader needs to be assured that the utopian society is the best of all possible outcomes.

The novel did much to spur socialism. In the aftermath of its release, Bellamy clubs sprung up around the nation. Bellamy offered a tempting philosophical notion: that a change in the economy would spur a change in public morality - including the personal morality of each citizen.

Socialism never came to pass in America but it did occur in Eastern Europe. Socialist concepts did affect the progressives in the ways they proposed to manage unbridled capitalism.

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