Caesar's Column: A Story of the Twentieth Century
Published in 1890, Caesar's Column is an account of a trip to New York City in 1988 by a visitor from the Swiss colony of Uganda. The great metropolis dazzles with its futuristic technology, but its ostentatious wealth and luxury mask the brutal repression of the laboring classes by their rich bosses. The workers, aided by international terrorists, stage a violent revolt and the narrator flees the devastated city by airship to found an agrarian utopia in Africa.
Fueled by outrage at social conditions, Caesar's Column was the first major dystopian novel in the English language. Its author, Ignatius Donnelly, was the most famous—and controversial—American populist politician of the day, and his book became a huge bestseller and was often compared to such utopian works as Edward Bellamy's Looking Backward (1888) and William Morris's News from Nowhere (1890). This Wesleyan edition includes an insightful introduction and notes by Nicholas Ruddick.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Stevil2001 - LibraryThing
Nicholas Ruddick's introduction to my Wesleyan edition of Caesar's Column argues for its place in the lineage of science fiction: Donnelly was the first to use Jules Verne's motifs in American ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - zakvreeland - LibraryThing
Way ahead of its time, like most of Donnelly's work. Not that fun to read, but amazing in its premises. Not politically correct. Racist, actually. Read full review
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Caesar's Column: A Story of the Twentieth Century (Echo Library)
No preview available - 2007