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Looking Backward 2000-1887 [NOOK Book]

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No person can be blamed for refusing to read another word of what promises to be a mere imposition upon his credulity.'

Julian West, a feckless aristocrat living in fin-de-si?cle Boston, plunges into a deep hypnotic sleep in 1887 and wakes up in the year 2000. America has been turned into a rigorously centralized democratic society in which everything is controlled by a humane and efficient state. In little more than a hundred years the ...
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Looking Backward 2000-1887

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Overview

No person can be blamed for refusing to read another word of what promises to be a mere imposition upon his credulity.'

Julian West, a feckless aristocrat living in fin-de-siècle Boston, plunges into a deep hypnotic sleep in 1887 and wakes up in the year 2000. America has been turned into a rigorously centralized democratic society in which everything is controlled by a humane and efficient state. In little more than a hundred years the horrors of nineteenth-century capitalism have been all but forgotten. The squalid slums of Boston have been replaced by broad streets, and technological
inventions have transformed people's everyday lives. Exiled from the past, West excitedly settles into the ideal society of the future, while still fearing that he has dreamt up his experiences as a time traveller.

Edward Bellamy's Looking Backward (1888) is a thunderous indictment of industrial capitalism and a resplendent vision of life in a socialist utopia. Matthew Beaumont's lively edition explores the political and psychological peculiarities of this celebrated utopian fiction.

ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.
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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)
A.G. Stegnall
“This vivid adaptation by New York Times critically acclaimed director and author Philip Dossick, has been acclaimed as the most accessible version of Edward Bellamy’s brilliant novel. Philip Dossick superbly renders its dialogue and action with unique clarity and elegance.”
— A.G. Stegnall
Sheppard Jacinto
“A quick read. A great read. What makes this series of classic adaptations so successful is the way they have been lovingly crafted. Near perfect, they honor their source material and capture the humor, the drama, the passion, the excitement, the sheer narrative exuberance, that have made each of these works timeless classics.”
— Sheppard Jacinto
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780191623226
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford
  • Publication date: 6/25/2009
  • Series: Oxford World's Classics Series
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 1,138,837
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Matthew Beaumont is a Lecturer in English and American Literature, University College London. He is the editor of the forthcoming A Concise Companion to Realism.
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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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  • Posted June 25, 2009

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    A bit boring

    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. :)

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  • Posted June 11, 2009

    More of a Blueprint

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2013

    This sucks!

    I thought this was the actual book but it was 34 pages of poetry and i needed this book for my enlish class

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2014

    Not necessarily the future

    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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