A classic time TimeTravel novel written in 1970 by Jack Finney. Commercial artist Simon "Si" Morley is chosen as a candidate for a government experiment in MentalTimeTravel. However, Si (through his girlfriend) has [[BornInTheWrongCentury a personal stake in]] the time period in question, which leads him to take a trip back to the New York of the 1880s. Slow-paced, exceptionally well-researched intrigue follows as Si attempts to solve a nearly hundred-year-old-mystery.

Much of the early part of the novel is devoted to [[AuthorAppeal the protagonist's]] lovingly created {{Nostalgia}} for the period, creating a definite mood for the setting.

It helps that the Victorian Gothic Dakota Apartments received RetroactiveRecognition due to this novel, becoming once again the home to high-class artistes such as JohnLennon.

Originated the [[HighConcept interesting concept]] of going back in time via surrounding the protagonist with all the trappings of the Victorian or [[TheEdwardianEra Edwardian Era]] and [[YourMindMakesItReal imagining yourself]] to be [[TheresNoPlaceLikeHome back in time]].

Finney wrote a well-received sequel much later, ''From Time To Time'' (1995), before he died.


!!This book provides examples of:
* BornInTheWrongCentury: The premise of the novel.
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: In his first proper appearance, Jake Pickering very nearly (and very intentionally) breaks Si's hand with a handshake.
* LeaningOnTheFourthWall: "Those are actual quotations, word for word, from ''The New York Times'', February 1, 1882, anyone free to read it and check up."
* MentalTimeTravel: one of the originals.
* MonumentalBattle: [[spoiler:That depends -- does hiding from the police in the Statue of Liberty's disembodied arm count?]]
* RetGone: Sorry, college guy. We don't know who you were, but you ain't anymore.
** RippleEffectProofMemory: Well, except for the guy who accidentally wiped him from existence. Still, even knowing that he existed in the original timeline is enough to make the director try to stop the project.
** [[spoiler:Later joined by... well, if you ''really'' want to know, you can check Wikipedia, but this one doesn't bear spoiling.]]
* ShownTheirWork: Finney put a lot of work into figuring out what life was like in 1880s New York, and by golly, he is going to let you ''know'' it.
* TrappedInThePast: A rare example of averting the "trapped" aspect, with Si and a fellow chrononaut preferring to settle down and live there. In fact, in the sequel ''From Time To Time'' the other man actually [[spoiler:reverses Si's attempt to erase the time machine's inventor from ever existing.]] He's quite happy where he is, thank you.
* YourUniverseOrMine: What the protagonist tries to decide upon.