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Looking Backward: 2000-1887 (Riverside Editions) / Edition 1

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Overview

First published in 1888 and a phenomenal best-seller, Looking Backward is Edward Bellamy's utopian novel about ninteenth-century Bostonian who awakes after a sleep for more than one hundred years to find himself in the year 2000 in a world of near-perfect cooperation, harmony, and prosperity. More than just a fanciful novel, Looking Backward was, in effect, Bellamy's blueprint for a socialist-type state, conceived in response to problems of the Gilded Age brought on in part by the pace of the late-nineteenth-century industrialization. The novel had an enormous impact at the time of its publication, setting in motion a wave of reform activity and creating a vogue for utopian novels that continued over the next three decades. In addition to an extensive introduction, Daniel Borus's new edition of Looking Backward contains a chronology of Bellamy's life, a bibliography, questions to consider when reading the novel, and an index.

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First published in 1888, Bellamy's utopian novel concerns a 19th century Bostonian who awakes from a sleep to find himself in the year 2000 in a world of near-perfect cooperation and prosperity. Historian Daniel Borus adds a 28-page introduction, a chronology of Bellamy's life, a selected bibliography, and questions to consider when reading the novel. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780395051948
  • Publisher: CENGAGE Learning
  • Publication date: 1/28/1966
  • Series: Riverside Editions Series
  • Edition number: 1

Meet the Author

Daniel H. Borus is assistant professor of history at the University of Rochester. His scholarly work has concentrated on the cultural history of the United States between 1877 and 1930. He is author of Writing Realism: Howells, James, and Norris in the Mass Market (1989) and editor of These United States: Portraits of America from the 1920's (1992). He is currently at work on a general study of the relationship between culture and politics in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface

PART ONE: INTRODUCTION: EDWARD BELLAMY'S UTOPIA IN HIS TIME AND OURS

PART TWO: 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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