Edward Bellamy (1850-1898)
(BEHL uh mee)
  • Born in an area now known as Chicopee, Massachusetts
  • Authored multiple works of fiction.
  • Most popular work, the utopic classic Looking Backward.
  • Looking Backward (1888)

    A novel in which the main character is a young Bostonian who discovers a year 2000 social utopia when he falls into a deep sleep in the year 1887.  Free from competition and social enterprise, the United States has become land of happiness, prosperity and growing education. This leads to the destruction of poverty and crime.

    In writing the novel, Bellamy criticized the weaknesses of a capitalistic society.  Due to the success of his book, over 120 clubs where founded that sought to promote social reform.

    For more information on Bellamy's novel check out the site:
    http://xroads.virginia.edu/~HYPER/BELLAMY/toc.html
    which summarizes the novel chapter by chapter.