Edward Bellamy

Edward Bellamy


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

Died
May 22, 1898

Genre


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: 2000-1887

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3.27 avg rating — 4,212 ratings — published 1888 — 385 editions
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The Ultimate Science Fictio...

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Equality

3.95 avg rating — 41 ratings — published 1897 — 65 editions
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The Blindman's World

3.25 avg rating — 24 ratings — published 1886 — 32 editions
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The Cold Snap 1898

4.11 avg rating — 9 ratings — published 1898 — 12 editions
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A Love Story Reversed

3.50 avg rating — 12 ratings — published 2008 — 17 editions
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Dr. Heidenhoff's Process

3.09 avg rating — 11 ratings — published 1880 — 44 editions
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To Whom This May Come

liked it 3.00 avg rating — 10 ratings — published 1889 — 6 editions
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Miss Ludington's Sister

2.89 avg rating — 9 ratings — published 1884 — 44 editions
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Potts's Painless Cure

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“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

“And in heaven's name, who are the public enemies?" exclaimed Dr. Leete. "Are they France, England Germany or hunger, cold and nakedness?”
Edward Bellamy

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

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