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Author: Thomas More, Clarence H. Miller (Translator)
First published in 1516, Saint Thomas More's Utopia is one of the most important works of European humanism. Through the voice of the mysterious traveler Raphael Hythloday, More describes a pagan, communist city-state governed by reason. Addressing such issues as religious pluralism, women's rights, state-sponsored education, colonialism...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780300084290
ISBN-10: 0300084293
Publication Date: 3/1/2001
Pages: 173
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Publisher: Yale University Press
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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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.
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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.
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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.
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