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Paley, "Apocalypse Without Millenium" Part 2

October, 1997

Mary Shelley's The Last Man: Apocalypse Without Millenium

by Morton D. Paley



[ . . . continued]

The idea of a millennium does surface repeatedly in The Last Man but it always turns out to be a will-of-the-wisp. This is nowhere so evident as in the speculations of the astronomer Merrival, whose views seem ironically compounded of the most perfectibilian aspects of William Godwin's and Percy Bysshe Shelley's.

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