Symzonia; Voyage of Discovery

TitleSymzonia; Voyage of Discovery
Year for Search1820
AuthorsSeaborn, Captain Adam [pseud.]
Date Published1820
PublisherPtd. by J. Seymour
Place PublishedNew-York
Annotation

Eutopia. Land in the center of the earth. A society ruled by the Good, the Wise, and the Useful. The dull, the indolent, and the selfish had been driven out.

Additional Publishers

Rpt. New York: Arno Press, 1965; and Gainesville, FL: Scholars’ Facsimiles & Reprints, 1975. The book is almost universally attributed to John Cleves Symmes (1780-1829), for whom it is named, but the attribution has been seriously questioned–see “The Authorship of Symzonia.” Science-Fiction Studies 3 (March 1976): 98-99; and Hans-Joachim Lang and Benjamin Lease, “The Authorship of Symzonia: The Case for Nathaniel Ames.” New England Quarterly 48.2 (June 1975): 241-52.

Pseudonym

By Captain Adam Seaborn [pseud.]

Holding Institutions

HRC, PSt, W1,2326

Author Note

Presumably a U. S. author.

Full Text

1820 Seaborn, Captain Adam [pseud.]. Symzonia; Voyage of Discovery. New-York: Ptd. by J. Seymour. Rpt. as Symzonia; Voyage of Discovery (1820). By Captain Adam Seaborn Pseudonym of John Cleves Symmes. Gainesville, FL: Scholars’ Facsimiles & Reprints, 1975 with an unpaged “Introduction” by J. O. Bailey; and New York: Arno Press, 1965 with the author as John Cleaves [sic] Symmes (Captain Adam Seaborn, pseud.). The book has traditionally almost universally been attributed to John Cleves Symmes (1780-1829), for whom it is named, but the attribution is no longer accepted–see “The Authorship of Symzonia.” Science-Fiction Studies 3 (March 1976): 98-99; and Hans-Joachim Lang and Benjamin Lease, “The Authorship of Symzonia: The Case for Nathaniel Ames.” New England Quarterly 48.2 (June 1975): 241-52. An apparently unpublished article has made a strong case for Captain Henry Austin, (1782-1852). HRC, PSt, W1,2326 

Eutopia. Land in the center of the earth. A society ruled by the Good, the Wise, and the Useful. The dull, the indolent, and the selfish had been driven out. Presumably a U. S. author.