College student George Hunt is pretty sure that his girlfriend, Annie Gifford, is dead-set on marriage. Not yet ready to be tied down, George initiates a campaign to convince Annie that he is a wholly unsuitable match. Will his underhanded scheme drive her away?
Acclaimed writer Edward Bellamy is best remembered for his utopian novel set in the year 2000, Looking Backward. His short story "The Blindman's World" spins an intriguing tale of an astronomer whose life changes forever when his powers of observation begin to fade.
One of the best-selling books of its era, Looking Backwards presents a science-fiction-influenced twist on standard political philosophy. In the novel, protagonist Julian West finds himself transported to twenty-first century America, which has become a socialist utopia. With all the talk in the media about socialism these days, Looking Backwards offers a fascinating glimpse into the origins of the socialist school of thought.
On a cross-country train trip, a pair of romantics find something in common in their shared appreciation of the vast desert landscape. During a brief pit stop, they set off on a quick jaunt to explore their surroundings—and find themselves left behind.
This sequel to the hugely popular utopian novel Looking Backward delves more deeply into the unique philosophical principles upon which Bellamy based his imagined society. The rich and detailed account of everyday life in a perfect world -- touching on aspects of living ranging from clothing to currency -- is sure to spark the imagination of any reader who has ever stopped to ponder how things could be better.
This early novel from the author of the socialist utopian tale Looking Backwards is another classic of the nineteenth-century science fiction and fantasy genre. The 'process' in the book's title refers to a procedure that removes painful or unwanted memories and allows lovers who have been through difficult romantic entanglements to forget selected portions of the past and move forward. However, as is often the case with scientific breakthroughs,...
What if you were wrongfully accused of a crime, and your growing anxiety about the mix-up served only to make your accusers more certain of your guilt? That's the fate that befalls the unlucky protagonist of Edward Bellamy's Kafkaesque short story Two Days' Solitary Imprisonment, whose recurring dreams of being unjustly persecuted finally come to pass in real life.
In this charming tale from American author Edward Bellamy, a group of young friends strikes upon a novel idea for a get-together: they decide to pretend it is 50 years in the future and adopt clothing, behaviors, opinions and mannerisms reflecting what they predict their older selves will be like.
Though the Civil War short story An Echo of Antietam marks a notable departure from the utopian fantasy that helped author Edward Bellamy rise to literary acclaim, it highlights similar themes of community and solidarity. In the tale, a young man signs up to fight for the Union forces. Though he is initially ambivalent about this decision, he ultimately comes to appreciate the virtue of sacrificing oneself to a just cause.
Edward Bellamy is best remembered for the utopian novel Looking Backward, which had a profound cultural impact when it was published, inciting many readers to form organizations seeking to put the book's ideas into practice. The charming short story "Hooking Watermelons," chock-full of local color, illustrates how something as seemingly innocuous as a melon patch can actually be a symbol of intractable social divides.
Strolling home after an evening at the opera, two friends turn to the subject of men's tendency to worship and adore women. After some philosophical banter, one of the friends relates a strange encounter from his past that forever shaded his view of relations between the sexes.
From the first time that John Lansing and Mary Hollister laid eyes on one another, they shared a special connection that seemed to transcend space and time. After their marriage, Lansing suddenly finds himself the subject of an intense manhunt and flees town. Will their strange link be able to survive his exile?
In this charming short story from Edward Bellamy, a young couple makes the most of the magic of a summer's night when they get an unexpected opportunity to perform an impromptu vignette — and in the process, they help to rekindle a long-dormant romance.
Lovers Charles Randall and Ida Werner are forced to part due to financial problems, with the promise that they will reunite as soon as possible. But when life intervenes, their planned meeting is delayed indefinitely. Will they ever be able to pick up where they left off?
In this imaginative short story, author Edward Bellamy brings together two themes that run through many of his works—telepathy and utopian society. After a shipwreck, the narrator finds himself stranded on a remote island populated by a tribe blessed with the ability to read minds. This unique skill has alleviated many of the problems and anxieties that plague modern life in the rest of the world, such as dishonesty, crime and even misread...
Though originally published in the late nineteenth century, this remarkably prescient tale from famed author Edward Bellamy will resonate with today's readers. A man taking a long journey by train finds himself overcome by motion sickness and thus unable to pass the time by reading. Fortuitously, a salesman hawking futuristic listening gadgets comes along, allowing the nauseous passenger to listen to a book. Though he is initially impressed with...
This early novel from renowned American author Edward Bellamy is a first-rate Gothic romance with beguiling supernatural twists. If you prefer your love stories with a strong dose of the weird and uncanny, add Miss Ludington's Sister to your must-read list.
In the aftermath of the Revolutionary War, America remained very volatile. One outgrowth of this was Shays' Rebellion, an armed uprising in Massachusetts that pitted a group of dissatisfied residents against the nascent state authorities. It may seem like an unlikely backdrop for budding romance, but Edward Bellamy pulls it off with aplomb, balancing rich historical detail with tender emotions.
As the nineteenth century drew to a close and the twentieth century loomed ahead, many shifts were occurring in social modes and mores. American author Edward Bellamy perfectly encapsulates the tensions of that turbulent time in A Love Story Reversed, a charming tale in which a newly emboldened young woman elects to take the upper hand when it comes to cultivating a slowly blossoming romance.