Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions

TitleFlatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions
Year for Search1884
Authors[Abbott], [Edwin Abbott](1838-1926)
Tertiary AuthorsA. Square [pseud.]
Date Published1884
PublisherSeeley & Co
Place PublishedLondon
KeywordsEnglish author, Male author
Annotation

Primarily an exercise in geometry using an imaginary country, but the novel includes commentaries, some satirical, on art, eugenics, religion, class, the position of women, and other contemporary issues. For a 21st century use of the idea, see Steve Tomasula, VAS: An Opera in Flatland. Barrytown, NY: Station Hill Press, 2002. A humorous comment is Anne Toole. “Secrets of Flatland.” Missing Links and Secret Histories: A Selection of Wikipedia Entries from Across the Known Multuiverse. Ed. L[inda] Timmel Duchamp (Seattle, WA: Aqueduct Press, 2013), 172-77. Others who have written sequels to Flatland include Dionys Burger, Sphereland: A Fantasy About Curved Space and an Expanded Universe. Trans. Cornelie J. Reinboldt. New York: Thomas J. Crowell, 1965 (Originally published in Dutch in 1957); Rudy [Rudolf von Bitter] Rucker (b. 1946), “Message Found in a Copy of Flatland.” The 57th Franz Kafka (New York: Ace Books, 1983), 224-34; and Rucker, The Sex Sphere. New York: Ace Science Fiction Books, 1983; A[lexander] K[eewatin] Dewdney, The Planiverse: Computer Contact with a Two-Dimensional World. New York: Poseidon Press, 1984; and Ian Stewart, Flatterland: Like Flatland, Only More So. Cambridge, MA: Perseus Publishing, 2001. See also 1907 Hinton and 1965 Calisher.

Additional Publishers

2nd and rev. ed. London: Seeley & Co., 1884. Rpt. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1991; and illus. Frank Mayo. Norwalk, CT: The Easton Press, 1995, with an “Introduction” by Gregory Benford (ix-xxvii). See also The Annotated Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions. With Introduction and Notes by Ian Stewart. Cambridge, MA: Perseus Publishing, 2002. Other recent eds. are ed. Rosemary Jann. Oxford, Eng.: Oxford University Press, 2006; and ed. William F. Lindgren and Thomas F. Banchoff with Notes and Commentary. Cambridge, Eng.: Cambridge University Press/Washington, DC: The Mathematical Association of America, 2010.

Info Notes

For a 21st century use of the idea, see Steve Tomasula, VAS: An Opera in Flatland. Barrytown, NY: Station Hill Press, 2002. A humorous comment is Anne Toole. “Secrets of Flatland.” Missing Links and Secret Histories: A Selection of Wikipedia Entries from Across the Known Multiverse. Ed. L[inda] Timmel Duchamp (Seattle, WA: Aqueduct Press, 2013), 172-77. Others who have written sequels to Flatland include Dionys Burger, Sphereland: A Fantasy About Curved Space and an Expanded Universe. Trans. Cornelie J. Reinboldt. New York: Thomas J. Crowell, 1965 (Originally published in Dutch in 1957); Rudy [Rudolf von Bitter] Rucker (b. 1946), “Message Found in a Copy of Flatland.” The 57th Franz Kafka (New York: Ace Books, 1983), 224-34; and Rucker, The Sex Sphere. New York: Ace Science Fiction Books, 1983; A[lexander] K[eewatin] Dewdney, The Planiverse: Computer Contact with a Two-Dimensional World. New York: Poseidon Press, 1984; and Ian Stewart, Flatterland: Like Flatland, Only More So. Cambridge, MA: Perseus Publishing, 2001. See also 1907 Hinton and 1965 Calisher. 

Pseudonym

A. Square [pseud.]

Author Note

(1838-1926)

Full Text

1884 [Abbott, Edwin Abbott] (1838-1926). Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions. By A. Square [pseud.]. London: Seeley & Co. 2nd and rev. ed. London: Seeley & Co., 1884. Rpt. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1991; and illus. Frank Mayo. Norwalk, CT: The Easton Press, 1995, with an “Introduction” by Gregory Benford (ix-xxvii). See also The Annotated Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions. With Introduction and Notes by Ian Stewart. Cambridge, MA: Perseus Publishing, 2002. Other recent eds. are ed. Rosemary Jann. Oxford, Eng.: Oxford University Press, 2006; and ed. William F. Lindgren and Thomas F. Banchoff with Notes and Commentary. Cambridge, Eng.: Cambridge University Press/Washington, DC: The Mathematical Association of America, 2010.

Primarily an exercise in geometry using an imaginary country, but the novel includes commentaries, some satirical, on art, eugenics, religion, class, the position of women, and other contemporary issues. For a 21st century use of the idea, see Steve Tomasula, VAS: An Opera in Flatland. Barrytown, NY: Station Hill Press, 2002. A humorous comment is Anne Toole. “Secrets of Flatland.” Missing Links and Secret Histories: A Selection of Wikipedia Entries from Across the Known Multiverse. Ed. L[inda] Timmel Duchamp (Seattle, WA: Aqueduct Press, 2013), 172-77. Others who have written sequels to Flatland include Dionys Burger, Sphereland: A Fantasy About Curved Space and an Expanded Universe. Trans. Cornelie J. Reinboldt. New York: Thomas J. Crowell, 1965 (Originally published in Dutch in 1957); Rudy [Rudolf von Bitter] Rucker (b. 1946), “Message Found in a Copy of Flatland.” The 57th Franz Kafka (New York: Ace Books, 1983), 224-34; and Rucker, The Sex Sphere. New York: Ace Science Fiction Books, 1983; A[lexander] K[eewatin] Dewdney, The Planiverse: Computer Contact with a Two-Dimensional World. New York: Poseidon Press, 1984; and Ian Stewart, Flatterland: Like Flatland, Only More So. Cambridge, MA: Perseus Publishing, 2001. See also 1907 Hinton and 1965 Calisher. The author was the headmaster of the City of London School.