DES HERRN FRIEDRICH OST ERLEBNISSE IN DER WELT BELLAMY'S. MITTEILUNGEN AUS DEN JAHREN 2001 UND 2002. Conrad Wilbrandt.

DES HERRN FRIEDRICH OST ERLEBNISSE IN DER WELT BELLAMY'S. MITTEILUNGEN AUS DEN JAHREN 2001 UND 2002. Wismar: Hinstorff'sche Hofbuchhandlung Verlagsconto, 1891. Small octavo, pp. [1-4] 1-212, original gray paper wrappers printed in black. First edition. "An experiment in suspended animation goes wrong and the experimenter awakens in Bellamy's world. Despite his previous interest in Bellamy's program, he rapidly becomes disillusioned upon seeing its realization. The idealistic situation described in Bellamy is simply not true, and, rather than improving the lot of man, this new socialist state has restricted him even more. He has lost his liberty: 'Though society alone is ruler he is still a slave because he has not free will, free decision, free movement.' The arguments are, as Parrington (American Dreams, 1947), points out, 'the conventional arguments against socialism;' but as Parrington goes on to note, this is 'the most rational of the satires aimed at LOOKING BACKWARD.'" - Lewis, Utopian Literature, pp. 209-10. "It is probably the best critique of Bellamy from an economic point of view." - Bleiler, Science-Fiction: The Early Years 2383. Translated into English as MR. EAST'S EXPERIENCES IN MR. BELLAMY'S WORLD: RECORDS OF THE YEARS 2001 AND 2002 (1891). Negley, Utopian Literature: A Bibliography 1193. Bleiler (1978), p. 208. Reginald 15311. Kretzmann, The Pre-War German Utopian Novel (1890-1914), Ph.D. diss., Brown University, May, 1936, pp. 65, 216. Lexikon 1, p. 274. Bloch (2002) 3400. Not in Nagl. A very good copy. A rare book. (#167018).

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