The response to industrial development in late Victorian England was often one of withdrawal. W H Hudson wrote extensively about the natural world. In A Crystal Age (1887), the narrator is knocked unconscious and comes round in a far-future utopia. Society is organised in communal houses – ruled by a Father and Mother – they do not understand the concept of ‘cities’. They have achieved their idyllic state by abandoning romantic love.
- Article by:
- Marcus Waithe
- Visions of the future
The nature of the ideal society has occupied philosophers and writers for millennia. Here Dr Marcus Waithe considers how Victorian writers such as H G Wells, William Morris and Edward Bulwer-Lytton re-imagined their own society and envisaged utopian futures.