Book - 2003 | Reissued with new and updated editorial material
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Presents the English statesman's classic denunciations of sixteenth-century tyranny and corruption and vision of an ideal society, along with historical and biographical notes.
Publisher: London ; New York : Penguin Books, 2003
Edition: Reissued with new and updated editorial material
ISBN: 9780140449105
Call Number: 335.02 M836u 2003
Characteristics: xxviii, 135 pages ; 20 cm
Additional Contributors: Turner, Paul 1917-2005,


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(1516) Utopia, by Sir Thomas More, depicts a fictional island whose people have developed the ideal social, cultural and political system with no private property. Thomas More invented the word “utopia,” which means “no place.” It is heavily influenced by Plato's Republic, and became a source for... Read More »

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Aug 14, 2019

The novel all other utopian novels are named after, including DYSTOPIAN ones. If you are looking for a 'quick mover,' this is not the one for you. And it's not modern, either. Keep in mind, also, that the author later lost his head to the executioner's axe. He was not in favor with the King of his time, and he would not "give" on a doctrinal point of dispute. The novel is dry reading, for sure, but if you consider yourself at least--somewhat--of an intellectual, you might certainly give it a go. "Those who sacrifice freedom for security deserve neither."----Benjamin Franklin.

Jul 24, 2019

This book would be good if the editors/translator hadn't made it sound like a book written in 2003 instead of 1516. Most likely somebody outdid Penguin in producing a more accurate translation. Probably I'm the only one who would care, especially since I doubt, in its original form, that anyone would care to read it nowadays.

May 25, 2018

Sir Thomas More described the ideal communist state more than three centuries before Marx and Engels, and four centuries before the Russian revolutions. Of course, his vision is much more pleasing than the ways in which such societies have played out in real life. His passion and compassion are in great contrast to the cold logic displayed in The Prince, which I read quite recently. It's late in life to be reading these classics, but I'm really enjoying myself.

Oberösterreich99 Jan 30, 2018

Great read, intriguing to see how More saw the problems of the time and how to fix them in his own creation. However, the way the nation has overcome some of mans weaknesses in character is a wee bit over simplistic, when most are counter to our nature. Although, to imagine a society free of pride, materialism, and greed is truly idyllic.


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