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Overview

Inspiring, provocative, prophetic, and enigmatic, Utopia is the literary masterpiece of a visionary statesman and one of the most influential books of the modern world.
Based on Thomas More’s penetrating analysis of the folly and tragedy of the politics of his time and all times, Utopia (1516) is a seedbed of alternative political institutions and a perennially challenging exploration of the possibilities and limitations of political action.
This Norton Critical Edition is built on the translation that Robert M. Adams created for it in 1975. For the Third Edition, George M. Logan has carefully revised the translation, improving its accuracy while preserving the grace and verve that have made it the most highly regarded modern rendering of More’s Renaissance Latin work.
“Backgrounds” includes a wide-ranging selection of the major secular and religious texts—from Plato to Amerigo Vespucci—that informed More’s thinking, as well as a selection of the responses to his book by members of his own humanist circle and an account by G. R. Elton of the condition of England at the time More wrote.
“Criticism” now offers a more comprehensive survey of modern scholarship, adding excerpts from seminal books by Frederic Seebohm, Karl Kautsky, and Russell Ames, as well as selections from stimulating and influential recent readings by Dominic Baker-Smith and Eric Nelson. In the final section, on “Utopia’s Modern Progeny,” the opening chapter of Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World is now complemented by excerpts from another great work in the complex tradition of utopian and dystopian fiction, Ursula K. Le Guin’s The Left Hand of Darkness. Throughout the Third Edition, the editorial apparatus has been thoroughly revised and updated.
An updated Selected Bibliography is also included.

Since its publication in 1516, Utopia has provoked a hailstorm of debate. The minute details More ascribed to his "perfect world" make Utopia still a work of the future.

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Fluent and highly readable, this new version should be welcomed by all admirers of the Utopia.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393932461
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/17/2010
  • Series: Norton Critical Editions Series
  • Edition description: Third Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 310
  • Sales rank: 212,224
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

George M. Logan(Ph.D. Harvard) is a Senior Fellow of Massey College in the University of Toronto and the James Cappon Professor of English Emeritus at Queen’s University, Canada, where he was head of the English Department for nine years and an award-winning teacher. He is the author of The Meaning of More’s Utopia and principal editor of the Cambridge edition of Utopia (Latin and English), editor of the Norton Critical Edition of Utopia (3rd edition), More’s History of King Richard the Third, and The Cambridge Companion to Thomas More, and coeditor, with Gordon Teskey, of Unfolded Tales: Essays on Renaissance Romance; he has also written a history of the Indiana University School of Music.

Robert M. Adams was Professor of English (Emeritus) at the University of California at Los Angeles. He was the author of many books, including Ikon: John Milton and the Modern Critics; Strains of Discord; Proteus, His Lies, His Truth: Discussion of Literary Translation; The Land and Literature of England; and Shakespeare—The Four Romances. In addition to the Norton Critical Edition of Utopia (he was translator and editor of the First and Second Editions), Professor Adams was editor of five other Norton Critical Editions, including The Prince by Machiavelli, Candide by Voltaire, and The Praise of Folly and Other Writings by Erasmus, the texts of which he also translated. He was a founding editor of The Norton Anthology of English Literature.

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Table of Contents

Preface

Translator's Note

Abbreviations

The Text of Utopia 1

Backgrounds

[The Guardians] Plato 101

[The Golden Age and After] Ovid 103

The Acts of the Apostles • [The Community] 105

[Saturn's Age] Lucian 106

[Naboth's Vineyard] St. Ambrose 109

[Monastic Rules] St. Benedict 112

Chapter 33 112

Chapter 34 113

From The Land of Cockayne Anonymous 113

From The Four Voyages Amerigo Vespucci Vespucci, Amerigo 117

The First Voyage 117

The Fourth Voyage 121

[The Problems of the Realm] G. R. Elton Elton, G. R. 122

The Humanist Circle: Letters 127

Peter Giles to Jerome de Busleyden 129

Jerome de Busleyden to Thomas More 131

Guillaume Bude to Thomas Lupset 134

Erasmus of Rotterdam to Johann Froben 140

Thomas More to Peter Giles 142

From Erasmus to Ulrich von Hutten 144

Criticism

Overview: The Critical Traditions 157

[A Satire on Crying Abuses] Frederic Seebohm Seebohm, Frederic 159

From The Roots of More's Socialism Karl Kautsky Kautsky, Karl 162

The Meaning of Utopia R. W. Chambers Chambers, R. W. 167

From Utopia and the Problems of 1516 172

[More the Social Critic] Russell Ames Ames, Russell 179

The Roots of Utopia and All Evil J. H. Hexter Hexter, J. H. 190

[A Jolly Invention] C. S. Lewis Lewis, C. S. 198

From Humanism and Communism: The Background Edward L. Surtz Surtz, Edward L. 202

From Varieties of Literary Utopias Northrop Frye Frye, Northrop 213

From Denying the Contrary: More's Use of Litotes in the Utopia Elizabeth McCutcheon McCutcheon, Elizabeth 220

[An Intricate, Intimate Compromise] Alistair Fox Fox, Alistair 228

From Words and Deeds Dominic Baker-Smith Baker-Smith, Dominic 241

From Greek Nonsense in More's Utopia Eric Nelson Nelson, Eric 259

Utopia's Modern Progeny 285

From Brave New World Aldous Huxley Huxley, Aldous 286

From The Left Hand of Darkness Ursula K. Le Guin Le Guin, Ursula K. 297

Suggestions for Further Reading 305

Index 311

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  • Posted March 28, 2011

    Wrong book

    This is not Utopia!

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    Posted January 5, 2013

    Great book!

    Filled with plenty of scenarios that force you to ponder ethical dilemmas.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2012

    BOGUS - NOT UTOPIA? RATHER IT IS KANT ON POLITICS

    Kant is like gagging on a hair ball when expecting St Thomas More!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2011

    Not utopia book :(

    I was not happy with this book. I was hoping to read a great book.

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