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Utopia: A Revised Translation, Backgrounds, Criticism (Norton Critical Edition)by Thomas More
Synopses & Reviews
"Backgrounds" is designed to assist student readers in an appreciation of Utopia by shedding light on the different points of view contemporary with More's work. Included are new selections from Saint Benedict and Tasso, as well as a medieval satire on the land of Cockayne. "The Humanist Circle", a carefully chosen selection of letters, includes another important contribution by Erasmus.
"Criticism" includes five new thought-provoking essays by Alistair Fox, Edward L. Surtz, G. R. Elton, Northrop Frye, and Robert M. Adams. Also new are selections from two modern anti-utopias or quasi-utopias--Aldous Huxley's Brave New World and B. F. Skinner's Walden Two--plus a selection from Edward Bellamy's once futuristic but now almost contemporary Looking Backward, which may be compared and contrasted with More's masterpiece.
An updated Selected Bibliography is also included.
Robert M. Adams's celebrated translation of Utopia has been meticulously revised for the Second Edition of this Norton Critical Edition as have the accompanying annotations.
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.
Includes bibliographical references (p. -260).
About the Author
Robert M. Adamswas Professor of English Emeritus at the University of California at Los Angeles. He was the author of many books, among them Ikon: John Milton and the Modern Critics, Strains of Discord, and The Land and Literature of England. He was a contributing editor of The Norton Anthology of English Literature, and translated and/or edited six Norton Critical Editions, including The Prince, Candide, and Utopia.
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