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A catastrophe has descended upon England. London is now a pestilent swamp, dotted with the ghostly remains of ancient buildings. A giant lake dominates the center of the country, towns have collapsed and given way to forests, and the few scattered survivors have descended into barbarism. Amid the ruins of civilization and a countryside ravaged by warring tribes, a lone hero undertakes a quest to prove himself worthy of his beloved.Characterized by the Observer as "the most beautiful of Victorian novels," this 1885 tale pioneered the post-apocalyptic genre of science fiction. Author Richard Jefferies was a noted naturalist, and his scientific expertise informs the evocative descriptions of birds, plants, and animals. An avid lover of wilderness, Jeffries devised a fantasy that places humanity in a state closer to nature.After London influenced William Morris, J. R .R. Tolkien, and countless other writers, and it remains a haunting tale of environmental collapse and dynamic adventure.
A sudden catastrophe descends upon England, leaving London a pestilent swamp and the rest of the country in a state of wilderness. Meanwhile, the few and scattered survivors revert to a feudal society. Hauntingly beautiful in its descriptions of environmental collapse, this 1906 novel offers an early example of post-apocalyptic fiction.
Number of Pages: 311
Genre: Fiction + Literature Genres
Series Title: Doomsday Classics
Publisher: Dover Pubns
Author: Richard Jefferies
Street Date: September 16, 2015
Item Number (DPCI): 247-51-8451
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