Reprieve from Paradise

TitleReprieve from Paradise
Year for Search1955
AuthorsElliott, H[arry] Chandler (1909-78)
Tertiary AuthorsElliott, H. Chandler
Date Published1955
PublisherGnome
Place PublishedNew York
KeywordsCanadian author, Male author, US author
Annotation

Dystopia set after an atomic war. Extreme overpopulation is produced by an ethos that encourages reproduction, which means that the entire economy is directed at producing food. The majority of the people, called Freemen, are bred for docility and low intelligence. An underground movement with a hidden city at the South Pole aims to re-establish intelligence, and the people of the city are intelligent, revive science and human community, and, at the end of the novel, are in a position to create a better future for the entire world.

Holding Institutions

Can, DLC, PSt

Author Note

The author (1909-78) was born in Canada and became a U. S. citizen. He was a physician who taught neuroanatomy at the University of Nebraska Medical School.

Full Text

1955 Elliott, H[arry] Chandler (1907?-78). Reprieve from Paradise. New York: Gnome. Can, DLC, PSt

Dystopia set after an atomic war. Extreme overpopulation is produced by an ethos that encourages reproduction, which means that the entire economy is directed at producing food. The majority of the people, called Freemen, are bred for docility and low intelligence. An underground movement with a hidden city at the South Pole aims to re-establish intelligence, and the people of the city are intelligent, revive science and human community, and, at the end of the novel, are in a position to create a better future for the entire world.