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The summary makesno mention of the device used: a love story. 09:50, 2 March 2007 (UTC)
The most recent edit cut out the following; "It was written in reaction to the disillusionment with an increasingly competitive and industrial society. Looking Backward sold more than 1 million copies. His work known as "nationalism" inspired the formation of more than 160 Nationalist clubs to propagate his ideas. + Looking Backward: 2000-1887 is a utopian novel by Edward Bellamy, a lawyer and writer from western Massachusetts, and was first published in 1888. According to Erich Fromm, Looking Backward is "one of the most remarkable books ever published in America." "
- "It was written in reaction to the disillusionment with an increasingly competitive and industrial society."
- This is an unsupported and unreferenced claim.
- "Looking Backward sold more than 1 million copies. His work known as "nationalism" inspired the formation of more than 160 Nationalist clubs to propagate his ideas."
There is a considerable distortion in the difference between "several" and "more than 160" Bellamy Clubs. The intro to the 2000 Signet edition notes 'more than 162 Bellamy Clubs in the States alone'; I've restored that number as a better approximation to reality than 'several'. Removing it did not add 'additional detail'. Twang (talk) 17:39, 5 January 2011 (UTC)
Last Paragraph of synopsis
I tried fixing it, but I'm seriously considering deleting the whole thing. It reads more like original research (or at least unsourced analysis) than a synopsis. I'll wait a bit and see if any others can argue for keeping it (though it still needs some revision).Rabidwolfe (talk) 06:14, 2 August 2009 (UTC)
The previous description of the compensation for labor stated that workers in the system were paid according to their production and compared the system to the Soviet Union. This is dead wrong. Salaries are equal in Bellamy's system. The difference in compensation is in the number of hours worked. Those with more difficult or unpleasant jobs work less hours. In any event, the compensation is the same.
NOT a science fiction work
The guy just falls asleep and wakes up in the future.
- Edward Bellamy, Looking Backward 2000-1887, with a foreword by Erich Fromm, Signet 1960. ISBN 0-451-52412-8