The first dystopian novel?

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    Is it accurate to credit Robert Hugh Benson for writing the first dystopian novel in 1907? Title: Lord of the World.

    Gerry Lynch


    Hey Gerry! Sorry for the long delay. In theory, I knew this forum was here–but this is my first time to visit. I need to come more often. Yes, it’s a bit of a judgment call, to be sure. I think it would be equally fair to list one of G.K. Chesterton’s books here as well. But, Chesterton’s were seen mostly as fairy tales, while Benson (especially given his prominent role in English religious society) was taken as something else altogether. Do you have another candidate in mind? Yours, Brad

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