Looking Backward 2000-1887

Looking Backward 2000-1887

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by Edward Bellamy
     
 

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Published in 1888, Edward Bellamy's Looking Backward 2000-1887, has been hailed as one of the most remarkable books ever published in America, one that created almost immediately upon its appearance, its own nationwide political mass movement. It was the third-largest bestseller of its time, only Ben-Hur and Uncle Tom's Cabin surpassing it in sales.

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Published in 1888, Edward Bellamy's Looking Backward 2000-1887, has been hailed as one of the most remarkable books ever published in America, one that created almost immediately upon its appearance, its own nationwide political mass movement. It was the third-largest bestseller of its time, only Ben-Hur and Uncle Tom's Cabin surpassing it in sales.

This science-fiction memoir, one of the finest, most influential "Utopian" novels ever written, follows the adventures of a Mr. Julian West, who falls asleep in the Boston of 1887--and somehow awakens in the year 2000, to find that the era of capitalism has long been replaced by a new social order, an era of mutual co-operation between peoples and nations, including the complete emancipation of women, and one in which every citizen receives a guaranteed income and education regardless of race, religious belief, nationality, or gender.

Amazingly, he foretold of astounding technological advances to come, including the wiring of homes for the transmission of news and music, and other information at the touch of a finger, as well as the use of credit cards and vast shopping centers.

Of course, his story would not be complete without the inclusion of a tender love story.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940013768376
Publisher:
Editions Artisan Devereaux, LLC
Publication date:
01/11/2012
Series:
Editions Artisan Devereaux Classic Literature Series , #25
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
1 MB

Meet the Author

PHILIP DOSSICK is the New York Times critically acclaimed writer and director of the motion picture The P.O.W. He has written for television, including the outstanding drama, Transplant, produced by David Susskind for CBS. His most recent books include Aztecs: Epoch Of Social Revolution, Sex And Dreams, Mark Twain In Seattle, and Raymond Chowder And Bob Skloot Must Die.

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Looking Backward: 2000-1887 2.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Chrissysc77 More than 1 year ago
It was totally not what I expected. I was interested in the authors view of what he thought the year 2000 would be. He was only focused on one thing... the workforce. What a boring character Julian West made. The author didnt have much of an imagination when it came to other aspects of 2000. Another thing that made it hard to read was use of words and way of speaking that is no longer used. I understood most everything he was saying, but I needed to really focus to get what he was saying. Makes reading for leisure a little hard. :)
TheNightTide More than 1 year ago
I read this book in high school expecting more of an adventure story. However, it reads as more of a blueprint for the author's own utopia as told through a series of lengthy dialogues. This format and the lack of a true storyline can make the book extremely dry at parts. Nevertheless, it did a wonderful job of showing how Socialism is supposed to be, and helped to open my eyes to some of the faults in the prevailing "free market is best" ideologies. A must-read for those interested in philosophy, sociology, politics, etc.
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Guy wakes up 113 years in the future-in the far off year 2000. Socialism is in force and eveybody is happy happy happy. I think they're all on soma. Orwell and Huxley would have a bit to say about this-and did.
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I thought this was the actual book but it was 34 pages of poetry and i needed this book for my enlish class