What can be written about the life of a writer, whose main interest for us today is not the events of his life but the books which he has left? With this question in mind, a brief account of the life of Edward Bellamy might well focus not solely on the facts of his life but on how those facts influenced and shaped his writing, especially the one book of his which was so popular in its day and so influential upon those who came later–Looking Backward: 2000-1887.
We could begin with religion. Bellamy was born on March 26th, 1850, to the Reverend Rufus Bellamy and Maria Putnam Bellamy, in the mill town of Chicopee Falls, Massachusetts. The Reverend Rufus was a Baptist minister and biographers note that Mrs. Bellamy was a …
Macdonald, Alex. "Edward Bellamy". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 11 January 2006
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