From Utopia to Nightmare

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Walsh, Chad. From Utopia to Nightmare. New York: Harper, 1962. Westport, CT: Greenwood, 1962. London: Geoffrey Bles, 1962 (Sargent).

A concise survey of the utopian vision from the Hebrew prophets and Plato's Republic through B. F. Skinner's Walden Two and A. Huxley's Island—and of the dystopian vision from Dante's Hell and Feodor Dostoevsky's Grand Inquisitor (in The Brothers Karamazov) through the major dystopias of the 20th c. Handles mechanization passim, in its context in literary history.