Utopia by Thomas MoreUtopia by Thomas More


byThomas MoreContribution byUrsula K. Le GuinIntroduction byChina Miéville

Paperback | November 8, 2016

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Five-hundred-year anniversary edition of More’s Utopia, with writing from major science fiction writers

Five hundred years since its first publication, Thomas More’s Utopia remains astonishingly radical and provocative. More imagines an island nation where thousands live in peace and harmony, men and women are both educated, and property is communal. In a text hovering between fantasy, satire, blueprint and game, More explores the theories and realities behind war, political conflicts, social tensions and redistribution, and imagines the day-to-day lives of a citizenry living free from fear, oppression, violence and suffering.

But there has always been a shadow at the heart of Utopia. If this is a depiction of the perfect state, why, as well as wonder, does it provoke a growing unease?

In this quincentenary edition, published in conjunction with Somerset House, More’s text is introduced by multi-award-winning author China Miéville and accompanied by four essays from Ursula K. Le Guin, today’s most distinguished utopian writer and thinker..
Sir Thomas More (1478–1535) was a counsellor to Henry VIII of England and a revered Renaissance humanist scholar. He was executed for refusing to acknowledge the king as head of the Church of England and was eventually canonized by the Catholic Church as a result. Ursula K. Le Guin is the author of twenty-two novels, four collections o...
Title:UtopiaFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:224 pages, 8.24 × 5.5 × 0.64 inShipping dimensions:8.24 × 5.5 × 0.64 inPublished:November 8, 2016Publisher:Verso BooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1784787604

ISBN - 13:9781784787608


Rated 3 out of 5 by from influential but ... a bit dull; glad it was short
Date published: 2017-12-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from influential but ... a bit dull; glad it was short
Date published: 2017-12-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Ideal Society This classic book about an island where their is an ideal society, a utopian society where everyone gets along and everything is done for the betterment of its inhabitants is a classic of economic, political, and social theory. The communal aspect of this society makes it an early treatise of communist and socialist philosophy. It explores various philosophical and social theories of life and society. The format is a discussion in the form of a story. there are various editions and various translations (from the English of the time) available so find the one that is most suitable for you. Some come with detailed introductions and discussions and notes. These often provide a good background for the story. Great book.
Date published: 2017-03-16

Editorial Reviews

“We can’t do without this book. We are all and have always been Thomas More’s children.”
—China Miéville

“I am offered the Grand Inquisitor’s choice. Will you choose freedom without happiness, or happiness without freedom? The only answer one can make, I think, is: No.”
—Ursula K. Le Guin