Edward Bellamy





Edward Bellamy

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born
in Chicopee Falls, Massachusetts, The United States
March 26, 1850

died
May 22, 1898

gender
male

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American author and Christian socialist.

His novel Looking Backward is a widely regarded work of socialist Utopian fiction and was referenced in many Marxist publications of the time.

When it was first published in 1888, its success was behind that of only Uncle Tom's Cabin and Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ.

It inspired a less successful sequel entitled Equality that was more of a political tract than a novel and generally spurred socialist movement both in the United States and abroad. At one point, there was even a Bellamy Party in the Netherlands.


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Looking Backward
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3.23 of 5 stars 3.23 avg rating — 2,528 ratings — published 1888 — 206 editions
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Equality
4.35 of 5 stars 4.35 avg rating — 20 ratings — published 1897 — 23 editions
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A Love Story Reversed
3.5 of 5 stars 3.50 avg rating — 6 ratings — published 2008 — 16 editions
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The Duke of Stockbridge
4.5 of 5 stars 4.50 avg rating — 4 ratings — published 1900 — 13 editions
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The Blindman's World
2.5 of 5 stars 2.50 avg rating — 6 ratings — published 1886 — 13 editions
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The Blindman's World, and O...
3.33 of 5 stars 3.33 avg rating — 3 ratings — published 2001 — 11 editions
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To Whom This May Come
4.0 of 5 stars 4.00 avg rating — 2 ratings — published 1889 — 3 editions
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Dr. Heidenhoff's Process
3.5 of 5 stars 3.50 avg rating — 2 ratings — published 1880 — 19 editions
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Apparitions of Things to Co...
3.5 of 5 stars 3.50 avg rating — 2 ratings — published 1990 — 2 editions
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An Echo of Antietam
3.6 of 5 stars 3.60 avg rating — 5 ratings — published 2009 — 12 editions
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More books by Edward Bellamy…
“Human history, like all great movements, was cyclical, and returned to the point of beginning. The idea of indefinite progress in a right line was a chimera of the imagination, with no analogue in nature. The parabola of a comet was perhaps a yet better illustration of the career of humanity. Tending upward and sunward from the aphelion of barbarism, the race attained the perihelion of civilization only to plunge downward once more to its nether goal in the regions of chaos.”
Edward Bellamy, Looking Backward

“There is no such thing in a civilized society as self-support. In a state of society so barbarous as not even to know family cooperation, each individual may possibly support himself, though even then for a part of his life only; but from the moment that men begin to live together, and constitute even the rudest of society, self-support becomes impossible. As men grow more civilized, and the subdivision of occupations and services is carried out, a complex mutual dependence becomes the universal rule. Every man, however solitary may seem his occupation, is a member of a vast industrial partnership, as large as the nation, as large as humanity. The necessity of mutual dependence should imply the duty and guarantee of mutual support...”
Edward Bellamy, Looking Backward

“Is a man satisfied, merely because he is perfumed himself, to mingle with a malodorous crowd?”
Edward Bellamy, Looking Backward

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