- Series: Broadview Literary Texts
- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: Broadview Press (January 2, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1551114062
- ISBN-13: 978-1551114064
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 179 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,350,097 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Looking Backward: 2000 - 1887 (Broadview Literary Texts)
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“There is no better book than Looking Backward for understanding the intersecting private and public spheres in Victorian America. This is easily the best edition on the market, thanks to the fine introduction that puts Bellamy in the sweep of utopian writing, the nice selection of contemporary responses, and the excerpts from Bellamy’s ‘Religion of Solidarity’ and Equality.” ― Richard Fox, University of Southern California
“This edition is set apart from all other editions by Alex MacDonald’s excellent introduction and annotations and an excellent selection of related texts.” ― Lyman Tower Sargent, University of Missouri-St. Louis, Editor of Utopian Studies
“This edition is extremely welcome. The introduction is clear and accessible, and both situates the text historically and stresses its continuing relevance. Above all, the additional texts provide supporting material that makes this edition a truly invaluable resource.” ― Ruth Levitas, University of Bristol
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Designed for school districts, educators, and students seeking to maximize performance on standardized tests, Websters paperbacks take advantage of the fact that classics are frequently assigned readings in English courses. By using a running thesaurus at the bottom of each page, this edition of Looking Backward by Edward Bellamy was edited for students who are actively building their vocabularies in anticipation of taking PSAT®, SAT®, AP® (Advanced Placement®), GRE®, LSAT®, GMAT® or similar examinations.
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An interesting read, a dream that you do not want to wake up from. Could it only be so.
The Amazon-like government institution was entertaining.
But what I thought was one of the best parts was the allusion to the society of the 1880s as a coach ride, where hunger is the driver and the people on the coach are desperate to hang on, no matter what it takes.
It is not a novel to entertain but it is a social philosophy of what Bellamy thought the world should be. It influenced many thinkers of his time. The world he imagined had not arrived and in my opinion will never.
Yet in the thirty years since I first read this work, fascinated he predicted the debit card and now wondering is such a world possible.
The part that will stick with me is his conviction that the suffering of everyone in the nation should be held as a black mark by all the citizens of that nation...an argument for responsibility that undercuts some of my rejection of his rational-people-in-happy-boxes vision.
For any student of American literature and or social criticism, this relatively short work is well worth the time.