The Crystal Button; or, Adventures of Paul Prognosis in the Forty-Ninth Century

TitleThe Crystal Button; or, Adventures of Paul Prognosis in the Forty-Ninth Century
Year for Search1891
AuthorsThomas, Chauncey (1822-98)
Secondary AuthorsHoughton, George
Date Published1891
PublisherHoughton, Mifflin
Place PublishedBoston, MA
KeywordsMale author, US author
Annotation

Eutopia based on scientific advances and a eugenic policy that eliminated the unfit. Focus on mechanical and material developments. By the time of the novel, there is little change and custom is the rule in most things. The crystal button of the title is a symbol that the followers of the man who started the process of reform wear, and there is an emphasis on how eutopia was achieved.

Additional Publishers

Rpt. Boston, MA: Gregg Press, 1975 with an “Introduction by Ormond Seavey” (v-xiii).

Info Notes

 Written between 1872 and 1878 and published as the result of the popularity of Bellamy’s Looking Backward

Holding Institutions

MoU-St, PSt, W3,5430

Author Note

In the ”Editor’s Preface”, the author (1822-98) is described as a successful Boston coach maker.

Full Text

1891 Thomas, Chauncey (1822-98). The Crystal Button; or, Adventures of Paul Prognosis in the Forty-Ninth Century. Ed. George Houghton. Boston, MA: Houghton, Mifflin. Rpt. Boston, MA: Gregg Press, 1975 with an “Introduction by Ormond Seavey (v-xiii). MoU-St, PSt, W3,5430

Eutopia based on scientific advances and a eugenic policy that eliminated the unfit. Focus on mechanical and material developments. By the time of the novel, there is little change and custom is the rule in most things. The crystal button of the title is a symbol that the followers of the man who started the process of reform wear, and there is an emphasis on how eutopia was achieved. Written between 1872 and 1878 and published as the result of the popularity of Bellamy’s Looking Backward. In Houghton’s “Editor’s Preface”, he describes Thomas as a successful Boston coach maker.