SECOND HAND copy. Fair condition paper cover. The late Ron Haldeman of OVYM's very favorite book! the Gadfly was published in 1897, and It's original publishers feared a hostile public reaction to It's theme of revolution. instead, it quickly became a classic of socialism, one of the very first politically aware novels. a story of love and conspiracy, it was based in part on the early life of Sidney Rosenblum, better known as "Reilly Ace of Spies" -- Voynich's boyfriend at the time.