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IN CONTEXT

Focus

Dystopia

Before

1516 English humanist Sir Thomas More’s Utopia first imagines an ideal society, and its opposite—a dystopia.

1924 Russian writer Yevgeny Zamyatin’s We describes the One State, where people live for the collective good.

1932 In English writer Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World individuality is suppressed.

After

1953 American novelist Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 is banned and burned.

1962 English novelist Anthony Burgess’s A Clockwork Orange depicts a world full of violence.

1985 The Handmaid’s Tale, by Canadian Margaret Atwood, is set in an America run by a totalitarian Christian regime.

Dystopian literature is a genre that ...

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