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Caesar's Column: A Story of the Twentieth Century, Boisgilbert, Edmund (Donnelly, Ignatius)

Author    Boisgilbert, Edmund (Donnelly, Ignatius)

Title   Caesar's Column: A Story of the Twentieth Century

Binding   Hard Cover

Book Condition   Very Good

Jacket Condition   No Jacket

Edition   2nd Printing

Publisher   Chicago F.J. Schulte & Company 1891

Seller ID   1688262

Chicago: F.J. Schulte & Company. 1891. 2nd Printing. 367 pp. 8vo. Maroon cloth, gilt titles & decoration. One of the first dystopian novels written in the English language. First published in 1890, just three years after Bellamy's classic utopia Looking Backward, this work can be seen as a reaction to Bellamy, as well as to the political climate of the day. It illuminates injustices and social inequalities that exist in civilizations focused on technological progress and the pursuit of wealth. Donnelly was a staunch Populist, and this ideology is evident throughout. Though the novel describes the overthrow of civilization, he states in his preface, Neither am I an anarchist: for I paint a dreadful picture of the world-wreck which successful anarchism would produce. Though it was popular, it was not reissued until Harvard's Belknap Press reprinted it in 1960. Pre-1960 imprints in general, and Schulte editions in particular, are uncommon on the market. Negley 294. Sargent 41. Bleiler 230. KEYWORDS: FICTION AMERICAN LITERATURE DYSTOPIAN UTOPIAN POPULIST SPECULATIVE Condition Notes: 2nd printing, released one year after first edition. Boards slightly rubbed, paper along front hinge split, hinge itself holding strongly, pages toned.

Price = 375.00 USD


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