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Peck, Bradford

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(1853-1935) US businessman – he was President of a department store in Lewiston, Maine – and author of The World a Department Store: A Story of Life under a Cooperative System (1900), a Sleeper Awakes tale written under the influence of Edward Bellamy; the protagonist, revived in 1925, find himself in the great Cooperative City of Maine, a Utopia built in the shape of an invariant grid; a moderately coercive form of brotherly love and social equity guarantees that no one goes hungry, despite the explicit doctrine that "No man eats unless he works". But there is plenty of work throughout this benevolent City, and at least three marriages climax the mild tale. [JC]

Bradford Peck

born Charlestown, Massachusetts: 21 February 1853

died ?Lewiston, Maine: 11 March 1935

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