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A new edition of a highly regarded translation of one of the most influential achievements in the Western philosophical-literary tradition and the work that gave rise to the genre of utopian fiction.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393092561
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/28/1975
  • Series: Norton Critical Editions Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 252

Meet the Author

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

Foreword
Preface
Pt. 1 Introduction: More's Utopia in Historical Perspective 1
Texts 3
Contexts 26
Developments 51
Pt. 2 Utopia 81
Letter from Peter Giles to Hierome Buslide 202
A Meter of Four Verses 205
A Short Meter of Utopia 206
Gerard Noviomage of Utopia 206
Cornelius Graphey to the Reader 207
The Printer to the Reader 207
Ralph Robynson's Dedicatory Letter to William Cecil 209
Selected Bibliography 213
Index 225
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2008

    Read This!!

    I just finished this book and talked about it with my college philosophy professor. It is an amazing book that will force you to think on human nature. This book however can not be taken for face value it is not a suggested form of government it is a tale of a world that will never be. Many readers assume it is meant to glorify communism but it is not. In direct translation from latin "utopia" means a nonexistent place. Also, the narrator "Hythloday" means speaker of nonsense or liar. So do not think of government or face value think on the insight into human nature and what we long for but can never be and I promise this will be a true eye opener.

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  • Posted February 27, 2012

    Easy Read

    I must say the translation of Utopia by Paul Turner is the best out of all Utopia books out there. Very easy to read, not lengthy and manages to maintain some humor that the original author intended in his book. I would recommend this version of Utopia to anyone who would want to read it for the first time.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 2, 2011

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    Great book that makes you think.

    One of the best I have read. It's funny but it is a catch-22 system.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 26, 2009

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    A Perfect World

    The book, Utopia, by Thomas Moore, is a book of great interest to the knowledgeable reader. In order to fully understand the concepts of this book, you must understand the time period and have some notion of government. In some ways the country described is flawed in our sense of today's culture.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2013

    Short read

    Short read

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  • Posted November 11, 2008

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    My Favorite Book!

    Thomas More's Utopia is my favorite book of all time. I love his use of satire and the description of his Utopian world is so vivid it came to life in my imagination. I enjoyed this book so much that I read through it rather quickly. I hope to have time to reread sometime in then future!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2003

    Satire

    I hope people understand that this is book is a satire and is not to be taken for face value.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 20, 2002

    Maybe it is a distopia

    Well after reading this book for the first time, studying it at A level, i found it very difficult to understand at first. But then it became clearer. I would say that it is a blue print to a perfect world but after studying its contents thoughly it became obvious that this world is not so perfect. For example if the world was so perfect why have bond men, i thought the world was perfect and all were equal. If so equal why have syphogrants and those higher than others. It was a good book i must admit but my main concern is why did sir thomas moore doubt that any of this is true at the end of the book he promptly says 'utopian weal public which in our cities i may rather wish for than hope foR' is he meant to say this because i think it puts a downer on the book he of all people doubts his friend hythloday.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2000

    Utopia

    This book has been a very insperation to my own writings and dreams. I only wish that everyone could enjoy this book the way that I have. Also,why can't this book become a reality?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2000

    Thomas More

    Even though Utopia is far-fetched from today's society, More's beautiful and simplistic description of the 'good place' is only for those with the heart and imaginitive possiblities. It is true that nothing could compare to that today, if you can dream, read this. =0)

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