My old Webster's Dictionary defines Utopia several ways, two being: "a place of ideal perfection esp. in laws, government, and social conditions" and "an impractical scheme for social improvement." Its definition for dystopia is: "an imaginary place which is depressingly wretched and whose people lead a fearful existence." On a website from the University of Houston, Clear Lake, Dystopia is described as a society opposite from utopia, or a utopia gone dysfunctional. ("Any utopia is someone else's dystopia.") That I agree with! We all have our own ideals of the perfect living conditions.
On this index, I have included books which are either typically classified as Utopian or Dystopian, or those which describe a artificial society which has been created for some purpose by a person or group of people. I have included The Island of Dr. Moreau for instance, because it was his ideal, even though it was a horror for everyone else. I am also including science fictional civilizations, including those that do not exist on earth.

In the Socio-political section, I have included books written to get the reader's attention to some aspect of society, or politics. Of course, most books are written as a reflection of their contemporary era, which includes social commentary, but those I did not include. For the ones listed here, the socio-political commentary is the main theme, with the rest of the novel wrapped around it. They do not need to be serious either. Many are very funny, especially some of the plays which turn the social mores of their time into scathing humor.
As always, creating these Resource pages is a challenge, subject to change if I find it necessary to re-think my decisions!
Hope you find lots here to enjoy

City Scape

Utopian/Dystopian Stories

The Blithedale Romance
Crome Yellow
The First Men in the Moon
Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions
The Iron Heel
It Can't Happen Here
The Island of Dr. Moreau
The Lady of the Shroud
Looking Backward
Men Like Gods
The New Atlantis and The City of the Sun
Typee: A Romance of the South Seas
A Voyage to Arcturus
A Voyage to the Moon


The Birds



Earthly Paradise

Fiction With Strong Social or Political Commentary

More Social

The Ambassadors
The Blacker the Berry
Brewster's Millions
The Buccaneers
The Butterfly House
Castle Rackrent
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court
The Country of the Pointed Firs
The Defendant
First Love and The Diary of a Superfluous Man
The Food of the Gods: and How it Came to Earth
The Forsyte Saga
Four Faultless Felons
Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe
From the Earth to the Moon
The Great God Pan and The Hill of Dreams
The House Behind the Cedars
The House of Mirth
The House of the Dead
Infants of the Spring
A Journal of the Plague Year
The Last Day of a Condemned Man
Lord Jim
The Magnificent Ambersons
Mansfield Park
Moll Flanders
The Moon and Sixpence
Notes From the Underground
The Old Maid
Oliver Twist
The Picture of Dorian Gray
The Portrait of a Lady
Sapphira and the Slave Girl
Saving Fish from Drowning
The Scarlet Plague
The Sea-Wolf
This Side of Paradise
Three Lives
The Time Machine
The Warden
The Way of All Flesh
Winesburg, Ohio

More Political

The Cat of Bubastes: A Tale of Ancient Egypt
David Balfour, or, Catriona
The Day of the Dolphin
Dead Souls
Deception Point
The Enormous Room
Fathers & Sons
The Flying Inn
Forrest Gump
Hard Times
Heart of Darkness
Iola Leroy, or, Shadows Uplifted
The Lost Symbol
The Man Who Knew Too Much
The Marrow of Tradition
The Money Changers
The Mystery of the Sea
The Napoleon of Notting Hill
Off On A Comet: A Journey Though Planetary Space
The Possessed
Rising Sun
The Secret Agent
The Story of an African Farm
A Tale of Two Cities
The Tragedy of the Korosko
Under Western Eyes

Market in Jaffa

More Socio-Political Books

The Beggar's Opera
The Inspector General
The Lower Depths
The Misanthrope
No Exit and Three Other Plays: Dirty Hands, The Flies, The Respectful Prostitute
The School for Scandal
Three Great Plays: The Emperor Jones, Anna Christie and The Hairy Ape
Ubu Roi


Evangeline: A Tale of Acadie

Collections Containing Socio-Political Stories

Bernice Bobs Her Hair and Other Stories
The Country of the Blind and Other Stories
Diary of a Madman and Other Stories
The Encantadas and Other Stories
The Kreutzer Sonata and Other Short Stories
Lilacs and Other Stories"
Mrs. Spring Fragrance: A Collection of Chinese-American Short Stories
The Necklace and Other Short Stories
The Overcoat and Other Short Stories
A Pair of Silk Stockings and Other Stories
Selected Short Stories (D.H. Lawrence)
Short Stories (Theodore Dreiser)
A White Heron and Other Stories
White Nights and Other Stories
The Yellow Wallpaper & Other Stories
Young Goodman Brown and Other Short Stories


The Iron Bridge

Non-Fiction With Strong Socio-Political Commentary

The Ancient City
Ancient Civilizations of Mexico and Central America
The Aran Islands
Bushido: Samurai Ethics and the Soul of Japan
A Century of Dishonor: The Classic Exposé of the Plight of the Native Americans
Daily Life of the Incas
Everyday Life in Ancient Egypt
The French Revolution
The Harem: Inside the Grand Seraglio of the Turkish Sultans
The Lawless Decade: Bullets, Broads, & Bathtub Gin
Medieval People
The Medieval Scene: An Introduction to Life in the Middle Ages
Reflections on the Revolution in France
The Shame of the Cities
The Souls of Black Folk

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