Came across online mentions of this book ‘The Last Man’, published in 1826.
Authored by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, it is probably the first or one of the earliest apocalyptic, futuristic, science fiction, part dystopian fiction in English literature.
A story that begins in 2073 and ends in 2100 with the last man left in the world after a sweeping global plague decimates the human population. Not necessarily prophetic, but something that seems to have tapped into the prevalent anxieties at that time and relevant till date.
She seems to have fashioned significant characters in the novel after Percy Shelley and Lord Byron while the main protagonist is supposedly based on herself.
The book appears to have garnered bad reviews when it was first released, one of the reasons stating that the theme of ‘lastness’ had been a common one in the prior two decades, apart from being too grim. Makes me ponder what other books were published with a similar ‘lastness’ theme during that time period, early 1800s.
The book is available to read here: http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/18247
There is a movie adaptation of the same from 2008 with a low rating.
Have you read this book? What did you think of it?
Curious to know if there are any abridged versions of the book in the internet wilds?