Looking Backward: 2000-1887

Looking Backward: 2000-1887

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Looking Backward: 2000-1887 by Edward Bellamy

Edward Bellamy's classic look at the future has been translated into over twenty languages and is the most widely read novel of its time. A young Boston gentleman is mysteriously transported from the nineteenth to the twenty-first century--from a world of war and want to one of peace and plenty. This brilliant vision became the blueprint of utopia that stimulated some of the greatest thinkers of our age.

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ISBN-13: 9780199552573
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 09/14/2009
Series: Oxford World's Classics Series
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 631,891
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.60(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Edward Bellamy (March 26, 1850 – May 22, 1898) was an American author and socialist, most famous for his utopian novel, Looking Backward, 2000–1887, a tale set in the distant future of the year 2000. Bellamy's early novels, including Six to One (1878), Dr. Heidenhoff's Process (1880), and Miss Ludington's Sister (1885) did not bring him much renown, but a turn to utopian science fiction with Looking Backward, published in January 1888, captured the public imagination and catapulted Bellamy to literary fame. Within a year the book had sold some 200,000 copies and by the end of the 19th century it had sold more copies than nearly any other book published in America up to that time, as well as spawning political movements around the country. Bellamy died of tuberculosis at the age of 48.

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Looking Backward: 2000-1887 2.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 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. :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In light of the time frame it was written - I was amazed by this futurist look, from way back when!!
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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