A picture for the book Looking Backward from 2000 to 1887

Looking Backward from 2000 to 1887

Edward Bellamy's Looking Backward from 2000 to 1887 is Rip Van Winkle in reverse, with a Utopian twist. Bellamy, who had socialist political inclinations, wrote the book because he was disillusioned by his view of an increasingly competitive industrialized society. The book became a sensational best seller in its time, selling over one million copies, and was the second most purchased novel at the end of the nineteenth century (behind Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin). The book gave rise to Nationalist Clubs that were eagerly joined by people dedicated to enacting Bellamy's political vision.

Author's Preface

Chapter 1

Chapter 2

Chapter 3

Chapter 4

Chapter 5

Chapter 6

Chapter 7

Chapter 8

Chapter 9

Chapter 10

Chapter 11

Chapter 12

Chapter 13

Chapter 14

Chapter 15

Chapter 16

Chapter 17

Chapter 18

Chapter 19

Chapter 20

Chapter 21

Chapter 22

Chapter 23

Chapter 24

Chapter 25

Chapter 26

Chapter 27

Chapter 28

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