Looking Backward 2000-1887

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Looking Backward: 2000-1887

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This book is part of the TREDITION CLASSICS series. The creators of this series are united by passion for literature and driven by the intention of making all public domain books available in printed format again - worldwide. At tredition we believe that a great book never goes out of style. Several mostly non-profit literature projects provide content to tredition. To support their good work, tredition donates a portion of the proceeds from each sold copy. As a reader of a TREDITION CLASSICS book, you support our mission to save many of the amazing works of world literature from oblivion.
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Booknews
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: 9783847220862
  • Publisher: TREDITION CLASSICS
  • Publication date: 12/13/2012
  • Pages: 216
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.49 (d)

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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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2012

    Excellent writing in the service of unworkable ideas

    Edward Bellamy's "Looking Backward" is an elegant, passionate exercise in futility. Bellamy, a nineteenth century democratic socialist, imagines a man being magically transported from 1887 to the futuristic world of 2000, where all mankind's problems have been solved by-ta da!-government intervention.
    Problem is, the book is a bit of a bait-and-switch. In the old(1887) world, people are ornery and greedy and sin-prone, and they suffer greatly for it. But in the fancy new world of 2000, people are all smiling cardboard robots. They obey the regime in every detail and not suprisingly all goes peachy. The author offers this as proof of the efficacy of socialism. The twentieth century-the real one- didn't go as well.
    Basically, the trouble here is that Bellamy, as a liberal socialist, believed in human perfectibility, and disbelieved in original sin. The jury is no longer out on that question. Bellamy's naivete leaves him, well, looking backward.
    It is an enjoyable book nevertheless. A fun part of the read is spotting the differences between the imaginary 2000 and the real present. They have radio in 2000, but no TV; no cellphones; no self-serve stores(goods are retrieved fom a central warehouse at the touch of a button but a clerk has to do it); no autos, trucks, or buses; woman are allowed to work but are otherwise fluttering butterflies; there's a black servant in 1887, but no minorities in sight in 2000; and everyone uses florid high class slangless nineteenth century language.
    Don't take this book seriously and you'll enjoy it.

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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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