Looking Backward: 2000-1887

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Edward Bellamy's Looking Backward: 2000-1887 (1888) is one of the most influential utopian novels in English. The narrative follows Julian West, who goes to sleep in Boston in 1887 and wakes in the year 2000 to find that the era of competitive capitalism is long over, replaced by an era of co-operation. Wealth is produced by an "industrial army" and every citizen receives the same wage
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Overview

Edward Bellamy's Looking Backward: 2000-1887 (1888) is one of the most influential utopian novels in English. The narrative follows Julian West, who goes to sleep in Boston in 1887 and wakes in the year 2000 to find that the era of competitive capitalism is long over, replaced by an era of co-operation. Wealth is produced by an "industrial army" and every citizen receives the same wage
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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)
Richard Fox University of Southern California
"There is no better book than Looking Backward for understanding the intersecting private and public spheres in Victorian America. This is easily the best edition on the market, thanks to the fine introduction that puts Bellamy in the sweep of utopian writing, the nice selection of contemporary responses, and the excerpts from Bellamy's 'Religion of Solidarity' and Equality."
Lyman Tower Sargent
"This edition is set apart from all other editions by Alex MacDonald's excellent introduction and annotations and an excellent selection of related texts."
Ruth Levitas University of Bristol
"This edition is extremely welcome. The introduction is clear and accessible, and both situates the text historically and stresses its continuing relevance. Above all, the additional texts provide supporting material that makes this edition a truly invaluable resource."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9783849560065
  • Publisher: TREDITION CLASSICS
  • Publication date: 8/14/2013
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

Walter James Miller—poet, playwright, critic, translator—has authored, co-authored, or edited sixty-four books, scores of scholarly articles, and hundreds of television and radio programs. A Professor of English at New York University, he has won a writing fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts/Ruttenberg Foundation. His own translation of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea is published by Naval Institute Press.

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Table of Contents

Introduction by Cecilia Tichi
Suggestions for Further Reading
A Note on the Text
LOOKING BACKWARD

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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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