Synopses & Reviews
"Backgrounds" is designed to assist student readers in an appreciation of 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 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
'George M. Loganis James Cappon Professor of English Language and Literature (Emeritus) at Queen’s University and a Senior Fellow of Massey College in the University of Toronto. He is the author of The Meaning of More’s “Utopia” and principal editor of the current standard Latin-English edition of Utopia(Cambridge University Press), editor of More’s History of King Richard the Thirdand of The Cambridge Companion to Thomas More, and senior editor of the sixteenth-century section of The Norton Anthology of English Literature. At Queen’s, he was Head of the Department of English for nine years and an award-winning teacher.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 Princeby Machiavelli, Candideby Voltaire, and The Praise of Folly and Other Writingsby Erasmus, the texts of which he also translated. He was a founding editor of The Norton Anthology of English Literature.'