Looking Backward: 2000-1887 cover

Looking Backward: 2000-1887

Edward Bellamy (1850-1898)

1. 01 – Preface & Chapter 1
2. 02 – Chapter 2 & 3
3. 03 – Chapter 4 & 5
4. 04 – Chapter 6 & 7
5. 05 – Chapter 8 & 9
6. 06 – Chapter 10 & 11
7. 07 – Chapter 12
8. 08 – Chapter 13 & 14
9. 09 – Chapter 15 & 16
10. 10 – Chapter 17 & 18
11. 11 – Chapter 19, 20 & 21
12. 12 – Chapter 22
13. 13 – Chapter 23 & 24
14. 14 – Chapter 25
15. 15 – Chapter 26
16. 16 – Chapter 27
17. 17 – Chapter 28

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Summary

Looking Backward: 2000-1887 is a utopian novel by Edward Bellamy, first published in 1888. It was the third largest bestseller of its time, after Uncle Tom’s Cabin and Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ.The book tells the story of Julian West, a young American who, towards the end of the 19th century, falls into a deep, hypnosis-induced sleep and wakes up more than a century later. He finds himself in the same location (Boston, Massachusetts) but in a totally changed world: It is the year 2000 and, while he was sleeping, the U.S.A. has been transformed into a socialist utopia. This book outlines Bellamy’s complex thoughts about improving the future, and is an indictment of industrial capitalism.