H.G Wells : A Modern Utopia (1905)



H.G Wells was an English writer, now best known for his work in the science fiction genre. He was also a prolific writer in many other genres, including contemporary novels, history, politics and social commentary, even writing textbooks and rules for war games.  – Wiki #

(from a Dystopian literature: a theory and research guide)

pg 63. Lewis Mumford (was an American historiansociologistphilosopher of technology, and literary critic. Particularly noted for his study of cities and urban architecture,) said that Hg wells’s A modern Utopia was ;

The Quintessential Utopia”. 

pg 63-63. It can be regarded as the last of the great classical Utopian thus marking an historical turn away from utopianism and towards the darker vision of the modern dystopias.

64- Focal point for the antiutopian critics of Brave New world.

N.Q – In the book there is a world state where the who world is connect due to technology/

pg 64- The central idea is rule by benevolent  (Well meaning and kindly) elite called the Samurais.

– to become a samurai you need to be healthy and meet minimum education requirements.

pg 64 – The conflation (blend) of art and engineering is particularly dramatic in the field of architecture, and well’s modern utopia is teaming with a world of architectural marvels.

“Great arches and domes of glass above the wider spaces of town, the slender beauty o the perfect metal.. ” (pg 244) 

N.Q – there was careful programs put in place for parent hood, everything was planned. Extensive welfare programs to supports mother, the world stare was extremely intrusive.


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