Thursday, May 22, 2008

Edward Bellamy

Today is the anniversary of the death in 1898 of author Edward Bellamy. His book Looking Backward was one of the first utopian novels I read. The book was first published in 1888 and is readily available online. Bellamy was a political socialist and his views are apparent in the book.

Some of his stories are available at Gaslight. There are links to resources here. The Simple Dollar takes an economic look, focusing on Bellamy as inventor of the credit card. There are critical notes at enotes.

Bellamy's father was a Baptist minister, and Bellamy was baptized into a Baptist church in his teens. His early faith influenced his later thought, but he did not affirm a Christian faith in later life.

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