Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions (Illustrated) by Edwin Abbott Abbott
Download Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions (Illustrated) ebook. Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions is a satirical novella by the English schoolmaster Edwin Abbott Abbott, first published in 1884 by Seeley & Co. of London.
Written pseudonymously by “A Square”, the book used the fictional two-dimensional world of Flatland to comment on the hierarchy of Victorian culture, but the novella’s more enduring contribution is its examination of dimensions.
Several films have been made from the story, including the feature film Flatland (2007). Other efforts have been short or experimental films, including one narrated by Dudley Moore and the short films Flatland: The Movie (2007) and Flatland 2: Sphereland (2012).
I’ve read Flatland several times in printed form — it’s one of my favorite books. I got this edition free, but even at that, this isn’t worth it. The illustrations are missing, and for this book they’re not just a nice addition; the pictures are crucial to following the story. (Also, the text makes references to the pictures.) There are also some mangled words and other problems.
If you’re about to read this excellent book for the first time, you’d be robbing yourself of the experience by trying to follow this garbled, text-only version. If you’re already a fan, you’ll just find this edition frustrating. So, whether or not you’ve read Flatland before, please spend the $1 for a nice, edited version with the illustrations included: Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions (Illustrated)
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Edwin Abbott Abbott FBA (20 December 1838 – 12 October 1926) was an English schoolmaster and theologian, best known as the author of the novella Flatland (1884).
Edwin Abbott Abbott was the eldest son of Edwin Abbott (1808–1882), headmaster of the Philological School, Marylebone, and his wife, Jane Abbott (1806–1882). His parents were first cousins.
He was educated at the City of London School and at St John’s College, Cambridge, where he took the highest honours in classics, mathematics and theology, and became a fellow of his college. In particular, he was 1st Smith’s prizeman in 1861. [This seems to be an error by Venn: Colby’s preface to Abbott’s Flatland states that Abbott was 7th Senior Optime, Senior Classic and 1st Chancellor’s Medallist in 1861; William Steadman Aldis was 1st Smith’s Prizeman in 1861.] In 1862 he took orders. After holding masterships at King Edward’s School, Birmingham, he succeeded G. F. Mortimer as headmaster of the City of London School in 1865 at the early age of twenty-six. Here he oversaw the education of future Prime Minister H. H. Asquith. He was Hulsean lecturer in 1876.
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