Utopia by Thomas MoreUtopia by Thomas More


byThomas MoreTranslated byPaul TurnerIntroduction byPaul Turner

Paperback | May 6, 2003

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In his most famous and controversial book, Utopia, Thomas More imagines a perfect island nation where thousands live in peace and harmony, men and women are both educated, and all property is communal. Through dialogue and correspondence between the protagonist Raphael Hythloday and his friends and contemporaries, More explores the theories behind war, political disagreements, social quarrels, and wealth distribution and imagines the day-to-day lives of those citizens enjoying freedom from fear, oppression, violence, and suffering. Originally written in Latin, this vision of an ideal world is also a scathing satire of Europe in the sixteenth century and has been hugely influential since publication, shaping utopian fiction even today.

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Thomas More was born a Londoner in 1477 or 1478. He served as a page, then studied at Oxford, was called to the bar and subsequently had a highly successful career in the City. Sent on an embassy to Flanders in 1515, he began Utopia there and completed it back in London. From 1528 he actively resisted innovation in religious matters an...
Title:UtopiaFormat:PaperbackPublished:May 6, 2003Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0140449108

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Nice Idea In these uncertain times it's a relief to escape away with one's imagination to a place where all things are equal. Sir Thomas More gives us that escape. As unlikely as it is, it's a wonderful idea and ideal - especially in this world that we live.
Date published: 2009-01-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Only $3? I must admit I was slightly disappointed when I noticed Utopia was available for peanuts--$3 on chapters. I read this for the first time second year of University. As an English major and history enthusiast I was surprised I hadn't gotten around to reading it before. Utopia, not a word of a lie, changed my life. I know it is satire, but if you truly think about the words he is saying, you will laugh out loud, yell and shout in agreement and just enjoy yourself. Utopia is worth the read, it was far from boring for 16th century literature.
Date published: 2007-10-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Challenge to Individualism This book is an excellent affront to modern day capitalism. In amazing detail More satires the rise of idustustrialism and its individual emphasis. A must read for those interested in political change.
Date published: 2000-04-07