A Canadian academic who published many works of popular fiction, James De Mille (1833–80) is best known today for this satirical tale, serialized posthumously in Harper’s Weekly in 1888. It tells of four sailors who discover a copper cylinder containing a manuscript written by Adam More, an adventurer who was shipwrecked in the southern hemisphere. More's incredible story describes a journey through a cavern to a lost world that survives at the foot of a volcano, where humans coexist with prehistoric animals in a strange utopian society that is the antithesis of Victorian England.
"A rip-roaring adventure ... and an almost Swiftian satire on human piety and vanity."—Guardian (London)