Edwin A. Abbott

Edwin A. Abbott wrote Flatland: A Romance of many Dimensions in 1884, however, he first released it under the name A Square (Rosemary Jann vii)[1]. He was a writer, headmaster, and later even a Priest [2]. He is best known for the text of Flatland, although he wrote many works, such as Shakespearean Grammer (1870) and The Anglican Career of Cardinal Newman (2 vols., 1892), among others [3]. L.R Farnell suggests that “at once a lesson in higher dimensional geometry, a social satire, and an expression of religious principle, [Flatland] gives lasting testimony to Abbott’s genius as a teacher and to his literary and moral imagination”[4]. Here, it appears that Flatland is composed of multiple influences in Abbott’s scholarly and religious life, and its lasting impression is derived from Abbott’s artistic skill of composition and narrative. It becomes easy to perceive this story as an art object from the outset.

Additionally, Flatland, See Flatland spends some time examining “Blind Faith” and religion (BooksFromtheFuture 144)[5]. This is interesting to note if anyone desires to examine the presence of religion, magic, and mysticism within the novella.

 


1. Abbott, A Edwin. Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions. Ed. Rosemary Jann. USA, OUP, 2006. Print.
2. Farnell, L. R. “Abbott, Edwin Abbott (1838–1926).” Rev. Rosemary Jann. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Ed. H. C. G. Matthew and Brian Harrison. Oxford: OUP, 2004. Online ed. Ed. Lawrence Goldman. Oct. 2005. 3 Apr. 2015
3. ibid.
4. ibid.
5. BooksfromtheFuture. Flatland, See Flatland. Eds. Dante Carlos, Yvan Martinez, and Joshua Trees. London: Lulu, 2014. Print.

 

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