About: A collection of late 19th century writings, on topics from God to sex, science to feminism, ‘1900’ offers an insightful, interesting, first-person look at the state of humanity at the advent of the modern era.
Motivation: The turn of the (20th) century was one of the most exciting, uncertain and fertile times in history. Some of my favourite writers, activists and artists date from this period.
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Random Excerpt/Page 1: “Using these biological frameworks, a range of views of humanity’s future evolution was also offered, but the most compelling prediction of Darwin’s natural selection was that the human race was separating into two distinct groups: the ‘fit’ and the ‘unfit’. This view forms one of the most striking literary motifs of the period, and is the central idea behind two of its most recognizable literary classics: The Time Machine and Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde.”