The Coming Race

TitleThe Coming Race
Year for Search1871
Authors[Bulwer-Lytton], [Edward](1803-73)
Date Published1871
PublisherWilliam Blackwood
Place PublishedEdinburgh, Scot.
KeywordsEnglish author, Male author
Annotation

Classic utopia in the center of the earth. Highly rational winged people illustrating the strengths and weaknesses of reason. Each individual holds the power, called vril, of destroying any other individual and, as a result, all get along well. Some sex role reversal. 

Additional Publishers

Rpt. as by The Right Hon. Lord Lytton. London: George Routledge and Sons, [1874]. Canadian ed. as The Coming Race; or, The New Utopia. Toronto, ON, Canada: Adam, Stevenson, 1871. US ed. as The Coming Race; or, The New Utopia. Reprinted from the English Edition. New-York: Francis B. Felt & Co., 1871. Also published as Vril. The Power of the Coming Race. Blauvelt, NY: Rudolf Steiner Publications, 1972; as The Coming Race. Quakertown, PA: Philosophical Publishing Co., 1973 with notes and commentary connecting it to New Age thought by Emerson M. Clymer; Santa Barbara, CA: Woodbridge Press Pub. Co., 1979; Stroud, Eng.: Alan Sutton Publishing, 1995, with a “Biographical Introduction” by Julian Wolfreys; in British Future Fiction. Ed. I. F. Clarke. 8 vols. (London: Pickering & Chatto, 2001), 1: 143-36; Peterborough, ON, Canada: Broadview Press, 2002 with an “Introduction” by Brian W. Aldiss (5-11); ed. David Seed. Middletown, CT: Wesleyan University Press, 2005; and ed. Peter W. Sinnema. Peterborough, ON, Canada: Broadview Editions, 2008, with extensive appendices.

Info Notes

It was adapted for the stage in 1905 by David Christie Murray (1847-1907) and John Nevil Maskelyne (1839-1917), a stage magician. See See Jingle [pseud.]. “The Coming Race at St. George’s Hall.” Pick-Me-Up 33.857  (March 4, 1905): 374-75 (L), a positive review of the stage adaptation.

Holding Institutions

HRC, L, LLL, MoU-St, PSt (The HRC copy has some corrections by the author.)

Author Note

(1803-73)

Full Text

1871 [Bulwer-Lytton, Edward] (1803-73). The Coming Race. Edinburgh, Scot.: William Blackwood. Rpt. as by The Right Hon. Lord Lytton. London: George Routledge and Sons, [1874]. Canadian ed. as The Coming Race; or, The New Utopia. Toronto, ON, Canada: Adam, Stevenson, 1871. U. S. ed. as The Coming Race; or, The New Utopia. Reprinted from the English Edition. New-York: Francis B. Felt & Co., 1871. Also published as Vril. The Power of the Coming Race. Blauvelt, NY: Rudolf Steiner Publications, 1972; as The Coming Race. Quakertown, PA: Philosophical Publishing Co., 1973 with notes and commentary connecting it to New Age thought by Emerson M. Clymer; Santa Barbara, CA: Woodbridge Press Pub. Co., 1979; Stroud, Eng.: Alan Sutton Publishing, 1995, with a “Biographical Introduction” by Julian Wolfreys; in British Future Fiction. Ed. I. F. Clarke. 8 vols. (London: Pickering & Chatto, 2001), 1: 143-36; Peterborough, ON, Canada: Broadview Press, 2002 with an “Introduction” by Brian W. Aldiss (5-11); ed. David Seed. Middletown, CT: Wesleyan University Press, 2005; and ed. Peter W. Sinnema. Peterborough, ON, Canada: Broadview Editions, 2008, with extensive appendices. HRC, L, LLL, MoU-St, PSt (The HRC copy has some corrections by the author.)

Classic utopia in the center of the earth. Highly rational winged people illustrating the strengths and weaknesses of reason. Each individual holds the power, called vril, of destroying any other individual and, as a result, all get along well. Some sex role reversal. It was adapted for the stage in 1905. See Jingle [pseud.]. “The Coming Race at St. George’s Hall.” Pick-Me-Up 33.857  (March 4, 1905): 374-75 (L), which is a positive review of a stage adaptation by David Christie Murray (1847-1907) and John Nevil Maskelyne (1839-1917), a stage magician.