Utopia

Utopia

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Thomas More: Utopia/ Francis Bacon: New Atlantis/Henry Neville: The Isle of Pines With the publication of Utopia (1516), Thomas More introduced into the English language not only a new word, but a new way of thinking about the gulf between what ought to be and what is. His Utopia is at once a scathing analysis of the shortcomings of his own society, a realistic suggestion foran alternative mode of social organization, and a satire on unrealistic idealism. Enormously influential, it remains a challenging as well as a playful text. This edition reprints Ralph Robinson's 1556 translation from More's original Latin together with letters and illustrations that accompaniedearly editions of Utopia. Utopia was only one of many early modern treatments of other worlds. This edition also includes two other, hitherto less accessible, utopian narratives. New Atlantis (1627) offers a fictional illustration of Francis Bacon's visionary ideal of the role that science should play in the modernsociety. Henry Neville's The Isle of Pines (1668), a precursor of Defoe's Robinson Crusoe, engages with some of the sexual, racial, and colonialist anxieties of the end of the early modern period. Together these texts illustrate the diversity of the early modern utopian imagination, as well as thedifferent purposes to which it could be put.
Publisher: Oxford : Oxford University Press, 1999
ISBN: 9780192838858
0192838857
Characteristics: lxi, 250 p. --

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Aug 18, 2016

This is an excellently edited collection of three 'utopias', with an interesting glossary/terminology for obsolescent terms at the back. What I found really astounding was the end of the "New Atlantis" where there is a list of things that he never got around to writing about - and some of them have already come to pass and others are being actively researched and developed!

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