This is a modern publication of the unabridged classic written in 1516. It very interesting but you must be prepared to read it for itself and not as a modern book.
One of the most influential books in the Western tradition, Thomas More's Utopia (1516) describes an imaginary island community enjoying perfect social and political harmony. This volume is the first to offer the original English translation of the work in an edition that allows students to explore in depth Utopia's historical and intellectual contexts as well as the circumstances of its reception. Based on Ralph Robynson's revised and corrected 1556 translation, with modernized spelling and extensive annotations, this edition returns students to the voice of the past, allowing them to experience the text as it was first encountered by early modern English readers.
Sir Thomas More's entertaining description of Utopia, an island supporting a perfectly organized and happy people, was a best-seller when it first appeared in Latin in 1516. This work of a catholic martyr has later been seen as the source of Anabaptism, Mormonism, and even Communism.
Utopia revolutionized Plato's classical blueprint of the perfect republic, mainly by its realism. Locating his island in the (then) New World, More endowed it with a language and poetry, and detailed the length of the working day and even the divorce laws. Such precision gives a disturbing and exciting impact to Utopia, which still remains a book of the future.
Selected works of St. Thomas More
Canonical text on human nature from one of the more dynamic figures of British history.
Well researched and interesting, although dry reading.
classic read. slim/small book 85 pages
I wish he'd get to the point....
A great study book, with the complete text of Utopia, as well as historical background and scholarly analysis of the menaing and significance of the work.
First published in Latin in 1516, Utopia was the work of Sir Thomas More, the brilliant humanist, scholoar and churchman who envisioned a patriarchal island kingdom that practiced religious tolerance, in which everybody worked, no one had more than his fellows, all goods were community-owned, and violence, bloodshed and vice were nonexistent.
Classic book - quite funny at times.
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Front cover is slightly worn but in great condition otherwise.