"Looking Backward: 2000–1887" is a utopian novel by Edward Bellamy, a journalist and writer from Massachusetts. It was the third largest bestseller of its time, after Uncle Tom's Cabin and Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ. It influenced many intellectuals, and appears by title in many socialist writings of the day. "It is one of the few books ever published that created almost immediately on its appearance a political mass movement". The novel also inspired several utopian communities.
Julian West, letzter männlicher Nachkomme einer wohlhabenden Kaufmannsfamilie, geplagt von den Auswirkungen der sozialen Unruhen des 19. Jahrhundert, legt sich 1887 in Boston schlafen und wacht im Jahre 2000 auf. Inzwischen hat eine radikale Systemänderung die gesellschaftlichen Verhältnisse grundlegend verändert. Sein Gastgeber, Dr. Leete und Familie, führt ihn in die neue Ordnung ein.
Published in 1888 to immediate popularity, Looking Backward: 2000-1887 is a dynamic rejection of industrial capitalism, and presents a depiction of a socialist utopia. The novel’s protagonist, aristocrat Julian West, falls into a deep, hypnotic sleep in 1887 and wakes up in the year 2000 to find a very different Boston from the one he knows. In Dr. Leete he finds a guide who explains the humane and efficient society in which he now finds himself - its transformation made possible by political and technological advances.
The hero is anyone who has ever longed for escape to a better life. The time is tomorrow. The place is a Utopian America. This is the backdrop for Edward Bellamy's prophetic novel about a young Boston gentleman who is mysteriously transported from the nineteenth to the twenty-first century, from a world of war and want to a world of peace and plenty.
FNH Audio presents an unabridged reading of Edward Bellamy’s An Echo of Antietam. Set during the American Civil War it tells the story of a young officer and his girl in the immediate hours before the Battle of Antietam, and the days that followed.
Edward Bellamy was an American socialist and author who had a penchant for utopian thinking and a passion for discussing a better world and the way in which can build one. Nowhere in Bellamy’s work is this more evident that in The New Nation. First published in 1981, The New Nation is an inspiring and beautifully crafted piece of writing that is at one political and emotionally driven. Bellamy writes of the sheer necessity to build a new nation or remodel the old one in a completely new way for the benefit of the people.