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Edward Bellamy

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Birthplace: Chicopee, Hampden, Massachusetts, United States
Death: Died in Chicopee, Hampden, Massachusetts, United States
Place of Burial: Fairview Cemetery, Chicopee, Hampden, Massachusetts, United States
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Son of Rufus King Bellamy and Maria Louisa Louisa Putnam
Husband of Emma Augusta Bellamy and Emma Augusta Bellamy
Father of Marion Earnshaw; Paul Bellamy and Marion Bellamy
Brother of Frederick Putnam Putnam Bellamy; Charles Bellamy and William Packer Bellamy

Occupation: Wrote "Looking Backward"
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About Edward Bellamy

Edward Bellamy (March 26, 1850 – May 22, 1898) was an American author and socialist, most famous for his utopian novel, Looking Backward, a Rip Van Winkle-like tale set in the distant future of the year 2000. Bellamy's vision of a harmonious future world inspired the formation of over 160 "Nationalist Clubs" dedicated to the propagation of Bellamy's political ideas and working to make them a practical reality.

Edward Bellamy was born in Chicopee, Massachusetts. His father was Rufus King Bellamy (1816–1886), a Baptist minister and a descendant of Joseph Bellamy. His mother, Maria Louisa Putnam Bellamy, was herself the daughter of a Baptist minister named Benjamin Putnam, a man forced to withdraw from the ministry in Salem, Massachusetts, following objections to his becoming a Freemason.

Bellamy married Emma Augusta Sanderson in 1882. The couple had two children.

Edward Bellamy died of tuberculosis in Chicopee Falls, Massachusetts. He was 48 years old at the time of his death.

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Author. Edward Bellamy worked briefly in the newspaper industry in New York City, New York and in Springfield, Massachusetts. He left journalism to devote himself completely to literature, writing both short stories and novels. His books include "Dr. Heidenhoff's Process" (1880), "Miss Ludington's Sister" (1884), "The Duke of Stockbridge" (1900), and the novels "Looking Backward: 2000—1887" (1888), and its sequel, "Equality" (1897). By far, his most popular was considered the prophetic "Looking Backwards: 2000-1887", a fiction based on Utopian principles. By 1900, the only book that had sold more copies was "Uncle Tom's Cabin". His writings spawned a movement called Bellamy Nationalist Clubs in 1888 and a political movement that came to be known as Nationalism. The movement attracted such notable authors as William Dean Howells and Edward Everett Hale. Although Bellamy traveled far and wide, he never moved from the home in Chicopee Falls in which he was born. He died there of tuberculosis at the age of 48 leaving a wife and two children. The home has been designated a National Historic Landmark in 1971 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. (bio by: Dave Robison)

http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=Bellamy&GSfn=edward&GSbyrel=all&GSdyrel=all&GSst=21&GScntry=4&GSob=n&GRid=53886576&df=all& -------------------- A biography from the period reads: "Utopian dreams of perfected socialism have not been few during the nineteenth century, but of all the schemes that have been proposed for the reorganization of society, none has attracted so much attention or received such serious consideration, because of its apparent practicability, as that embodied in Edward Bellamy's remarkable story, "Looking Backward." Mr. Bellamy is a writer of remarked ability. He was born in Chicopee Falls, Mass., in 1850, and was educated at Union College and in Germany. He studied law and was admitted to the bar, but never practiced that profession, as he preferred a literary life. During 1871 and 1872 he was on the staff of the New York "Evening Post," and for the five years following was an editorial writer and critic for the Springfield "Union." His health failing him, he made a voyage to the Sandwich Islands in 1876, and upon his return in 1877 became one of the founders of the Springfield "News." After two years more of journalism he abandoned it to devote himself entirely to literature. In addition to his many contributions to the magazines, he has published "Six to One: a Nantucket Idyl;" "Dr. Heidenhoff's Process," and "Miss Ludington's Sister."His greatest success, however, has been in his socialistic novel, "Looking Backward," published in 1888, of which more than three hundred thousand copies were sold in America within two years of its first appearance. Mr. Bellamy still resides at Chicopee Falls, and interests himself in advancing the ideas of nationalism advocated in his book. He is thoroughly in earnest in his beliefs, and is known as a profound thinker, as well as one of the most clever and vigorous writers of the age." Person ID

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Author. Edward Bellamy worked briefly in the newspaper industry in New York City, New York and in Springfield, Massachusetts. He left journalism to devote himself completely to literature, writing both short stories and novels. His books include "Dr. Heidenhoff's Process" (1880), "Miss Ludington's Sister" (1884), "The Duke of Stockbridge" (1900), and the novels "Looking Backward: 2000—1887" (1888), and its sequel, "Equality" (1897). By far, his most popular was considered the prophetic "Looking Backwards: 2000-1887", a fiction based on Utopian principles. By 1900, the only book that had sold more copies was "Uncle Tom's Cabin". His writings spawned a movement called Bellamy Nationalist Clubs in 1888 and a political movement that came to be known as Nationalism. The movement attracted such notable authors as William Dean Howells and Edward Everett Hale. Although Bellamy traveled far and wide, he never moved from the home in Chicopee Falls in which he was born. He died there of tuberculosis at the age of 48 leaving a wife and two children. The home has been designated a National Historic Landmark in 1971 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. (bio by: Dave Robison)

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Edward Bellamy's Timeline

1850
March 26, 1850
Chicopee, Hampden, Massachusetts, United States
1884
1884
Age 33
1886
1886
Age 35
1886
Age 35
1898
May 22, 1898
Age 48
Chicopee, Hampden, Massachusetts, United States
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Chicopee, Hampden, Massachusetts, United States