Format: Trade Paperback
Dimensions: 96 Pages, 5.12 × 7.87 × 0.39 in
Published: July 7, 1997
Publisher: Dover Publications
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0486295834
ISBN - 13: 9780486295831
From the Publisher
Sixteenth-century classic by brilliant humanist, churchman and
scholar envisioned a patriarchal island kingdom that practiced
religious tolerance, in which everybody worked, all goods were
community-owned, and violence, bloodshed, and vice were
nonexistent. Forerunner of many later attempts at establishing
"Utopias" both in theory and in practice.
From the Jacket
First published in 1516, during a period of astonishing political and technological change, Sir Thomas More''s utopia depicts an imaginary society free of private property, sexual discrimination and religious intolerance.
About the Author
Born in London, the son of a judge, More became an important statesman and scholar. He was also one of the most eminent humanists of the Renaissance. Educated at Oxford, More became an under-sheriff of London and, later, a member of Parliament. Under King Henry VIII he served as Treasurer of the Exchequer, speaker of the House of Commons, and, finally, Lord Chancellor. More is probably best known for his Utopia, which was written in Latin (then the language of literary and intellectual Europe). It was translated into English in 1551. As the first part of this small masterpiece indicates, when More was weighing the offer to be an adviser to Henry VIII he was well aware of the compromises, bitterness, and frustration that such an office involved. In the second part, More develops his famous utopia---a Greek word punning on the meanings "a good place" and "no place"---a religious, communistic society where the common ownership of goods, obligatory work for everyone, and the regular life of all before the eyes of all ensure that one's baser nature will remain under control. Inspired by Plato's (see Vols. 3 and 4) Republic, More's Utopia became in turn the urbane legacy of the humanistic movement (in which More's friends were most notably Erasmus (see Vol. 4), John Colet, and William Grocyn) to succeeding ages. More also wrote a history, Richard III, which, if arguably the first instance of modern historiography in its attention to character and its departure from chronicle, is al
From Our Editors
First published in 1516, during a period of astonishing political and technological change, Sir Thomas More's utopia depicts an imaginary society free of private property, sexual discrimination and religious intolerance.