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The New Atlantis

3.18 of 5 stars 3.18  ·  rating details  ·  1,106 ratings  ·  67 reviews
This scarce antiquarian book is a selection from Kessinger Publishing's Legacy Reprint Series. Due to its age, it may contain imperfections such as marks, notations, marginalia and flawed pages. Because we believe this work is culturally important, we have made it available as part of our commitment to protecting, preserving, and promoting the world's literature. Kessinger ...more
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Published January 1st 2010 by MobileReference (first published 1624)
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Like all utopias, boring as sh*t.
May 21, 2015 Owlseyes rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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A book first published in 1627, under the title The New Atlantis, Or the Voyage to the Land of the Rosicrucians.

The story of a ship lost in the Pacific ocean, with 51 people on board, 17 sick...and the encounter of a land full of "boscage": Bensalem island,whose inhabitants are Christian too and well advanced.

First communications are in Spanish, but emissaries of Bensalem master the "ancient Hebrew,Greek,the good Latin, and Spanish" languages. They're willing to assist those lost,hungry and mori
Bill  Kerwin

This 15,000 word fragment of a utopian narrative is written in a clear, transparent style and demonstrates that Bacon could have been an important early contributor to the body of English fiction if he hadn't been too busy with other things.

In spite of its male chauvinism, I was particularly impressed by his description of "the feast of the family"--a celebration of the individual patriarch by a society which values and honors a stable and fruitful marriage.

The description of the workings of "
I cannot say that I liked it, for Francis Bacon's utopian vision of society is not only ridiculous but also kind of offensive. The New Atlantians, who themselves are (obviously) learned, chaste and sophisticated, consider the Chinese 'foolish', the Africans to be the 'little foul ugly Spirits of Fornication', and the American Indians plain 'savage'. Way to go, Enlightenment! (yes, I know that technically it's not Enlightenment yet). And this wondrous land called Bensalem consists exclusively of ...more
This book started out as more fun than any other Utiopa I've read. but it quickly digressed into uninspired, orthodox christian propoganda. Even the Jews in this city are Christians. Whatever. Essentially Bacon's ideal society is Christian Europe without the corruption and greed. However, he gives no cure for the corruption and greed. He just insists that, "they wouldn't do that." Sorry, Francis, but I need more than an insistance that a friendly group of Atlantians wouldn't dream of greed or pr ...more
This is a very short book, so it deserves a very short review. It is interesting, and probably inevitable, to compare this work with More’s Utopia. Whereas More is mostly interested in politics, economics, and culture, Bacon’s interests are primarily scientific. At least a quarter of the book consists of a long catalogue of the inventions and discoveries made by Salomon’s House. The list was quite impressive, as Bacon does manage to anticipate many later discoveries. But it is still pretty dull, ...more
Allgemein gilt Francis Bacons Fragment “New Atlantis” als Gesellschafts- oder Wissenschaftsutopie als Vorläufer der Science Fiction. Viele sahen und sehen Bacon sogar als Pionier der modernen Wissenschaft und vergessen dabei vollkommen, dass sein Namensvetter Roger Bacon bereits im 13. Jahrhundert und Leonardo da Vinci im 15. Jahrhundert viele der in „New Atlantis“ beschriebenen empirischen Prinzipien vorweggenommen haben. Historisch betrachtet, war „New Atlantis“ jedoch die Vorlage für das Invi ...more
I read this because Peter Thiel had recommended it. Honestly it's Bacon blatantly pushing his ideals into a 50 page booklet about a Utopian society. The world itself doesn't feel well constructed. The sailors who discovered this Utopian island were given "oranges that were scarlet in color" to heal their sea sickness. There was mention of vines that were like ours yet were white in color. There's a bunch of other things like that were he took something that was and just changed it a little and c ...more
Maan Kawas
A beautiful Utopian novel by Sir Francis Bacon that reflects his aspirations and visions for the human future based on his! The prophetic novel demonstrates very creative ideas in the field of scientific experimentation, invention, and scientific discoveries. The people of this land are generous and pious, with high moralities and values (e.g. they do not accept to be doubly paid), but with a greater tendency and interest in applying the scientific and empirical method, as championed by Bacon, t ...more
Viji Sarath (Bookish endeavors)
Had that father of Salomon's House been talking about himself,I would have called him an egotist to his face. But as it is,he was talking about his island. But all this 'we have' that he described made Bacon's utopia look like 'all work and no play made him dumb'..
Though the rituals of the feast were strange,and so were the ways in which the narrator and his group were allowed to enter the island,the islanders were good in their treatment of strangers. But what I didn't feel right was their att
Audrey Stark
I get that the genre of utopia is all about paradox. I just didn't enjoy this text, and that's what it boils down to. It's probably really offensive to some people. It's a Christian utopia which asserts God chose them to handle knowledge not given to the rest of the world. There's a token Jew and women are basically not present. I was bored.
a post-natural country, technological positivism, hermits living in mines being data mined, patriarchal management of reproduction, light based economy, immaterial labor, unilateral flows of knowledge, technologies of the extension and modification in life in exchange for no access to self-control over the reproduction of life...

As much as I want to read books that are four hundred years old, I often don’t because I get lost in that Old English dialect. I know. I’m lazy. But every once in awhile I do dive in to one and always come away delighted. With that being said, I was very presently surprised that Francis Bacon’s The New Atlantis was such an easy-going read. Yes, the language was a bit archaic, and at times long-winded, but it was a pleasant read. Imagine a land founded before the Great Flood that developed indepe
A short utopian novel of wonderful imagination and scientific insight written in the early 17th century. A group of European sailors lost in the Pacific Ocean near Peru encounter an unknown civilization that is advanced in all worldly knowledge, language and technological marvel and conceals itself from the rest of humanity.
Andrea Giovana
Innovating a little the "utopian" books, Francis Bacon, in these few pages, does not comment only issues involving social and economic structure, but others, this time related to science. He tells how this society, lost in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, and isolated from foreign contact, possess an immense scientific apparatus to develop knowledge. Thus, it has tanks to experiment with fish, land to study and cross seeds, birds not only for ornament and delight, but also for dissection, etc. H ...more
primarily of interest for the description of "Solomon's House," the utopian institution that was charged with scientific discovery and its practical application. while we're all familiar with the problems facing higher education in the 21st century, this short piece set the ideal for the modern research university. it's engaged in public life, rather than standing apart as an ivory tower, it interfaces with other people making discoveries across the world, it rewards the contributions of its res ...more
Not nearly as impressive a work as Utopia, this text has very little intellectual value, and even though it's only forty pages long, it tends to drag. Every time we might get an entertaining description of something, or be asked to think harder about almost anything, Bacon shies off with something like "I don't want to bore you with descriptions, but this was really cool." The thesis of the book, such as it is, is that science has a place in society. Let's not forget that actual scientists in th ...more
I know what you're thinking--"Who is this Philistine that gives a work as important as The New Atlantis only two stars?" But I swear, it's a justifiably low rating! And here's why:

Firstly, unfulfilled expectations. In The New Atlantis, Bacon chose to weave his ideas into a piece of fiction, instead of expounding them in your typical, scholarly philosophy tract. The problem is, he really didn't craft a story that is any more compelling than a straightforward piece of philosophy. "Dry" doesn't do
It was a bit hard to get into, though the footnotes helped whole lot in the understanding of the text. It was also a bit of a slow beginning. But once I got into the flow of Bacon's writing and once he got past the technical stuff that set the stage for the rest of the piece it was smooth sailing.

The most humorous part (though I doubt it was supposed to be) was when he explained why the natives of great Atlantis (America, though it sounded like only the top half of North America, the USA and Can
Sometimes reading is like a scavenger hunt for me. I pick up an old book, read and soak in the culture, meditation, and history that were a part of the author who penned it. And every now and then, when I do this, I come across a title or another author reference from that same time period, or as something that came before and inspired the work. So I search out and read that work or author, soak it in and look for more clues for future reading. Such was my experience with Francis Bacon’s The New ...more
Delicious Strawberry
I was rather disappointed in this. This was the second story in a book that had 3 Utopia stories in it, and after reading the first story (Moore's Utopia) this was especially a letdown. I expected more world-building, since this story is told from the POV of a man whose ship is blown off course and he ends up in a strange land.

We learn of a tradition where men with at least 30 descendants are given honor, but a woman who achieves this is not afforded the same honor. Also, at the ceremony, the ma
Katherine Cowley
This book is Sir Francis Bacon's portrayal of a utopian society that is notable for its focus on science, its predictions of the modern research university, and other scientific and technological predictions. I admit that this was the part of the book that I enjoyed (which is focused on in the second half). This was also the reason I picked up the book in the first place--I'm interested in historic predictions about science, and I've read other utopia novels (like Moore's Utopia and Gilman's Her ...more
Matthew Hunter
Francis Bacon proves once again that one man's utopia is another man's hell. Personally, I liked parts of the "feast of the family" celebration. I also enjoyed Bacon's positive views of human achievement, progress, and scientific discovery. That said, the work remains unfinished, and the finished parts bored me to tears. Bacon's laundry list of the various scientific institutes on the island reminded me of the "uses-of-shrimp" litany in Forrest Gump, sans the charm and humor. Do not read "The Ne ...more
Un voyage fantastique dont les XVIeme et XVIIeme étaient féconds. Dans celui ci, Francis Bacon (il a été chancelier d’Angleterre et a été le maitre de d’œuvre de l'unification avec l'écosse et de la création de la grande bretagne), imagine qu'un vaisseau aborde un continent inconnu dans le pacifique où habitent des habitants qui connaissent très bien notre monde mais reste caché aux yeux des autres. Les habitants de Bensalem jouissent de nombreuses commodités inconnues ailleurs qu'ils ont misent ...more
Eric Marcy
Interesting work to read in light of Bacon's philosophy and role in the creation of modern science. Bacon posits the results of an ideal society, a place where science is unimpeded and even religion is verified by the scientific authorities of "Salomon's House". Written rather dryly, an incomplete, still a good one to check out to try to get a grasp on where the developer of the scientific method hoped his philosophy would take mankind.
An unfinished fragment of a utopian novel. Sailors discover a highly advanced christian society that wishes to keep its existence a secret from the outside world. There is some proto-scifi concerning the technology possessed by the island thats interesting given the age of the story, but overall not much to write home about.
مناف زيتون
WOW, A perfect Utopia. it delivers a real acceptable relation between religious believes and usage of science, way much better the one we have in real life.

it was a shock that the rest of the book was not perfected, I wonder how it would end, I guess with white men occupying Bensalem and killing its people
"“For the several employments and offices of our fellows, we have twelve that sail into foreign countries under the names of other nations (for our own we conceal), who bring us the books and abstracts, and patterns of experiments of all other parts. These we call merchants of light."
1. I like to read books that have an ending.... this did not
2. I like books with a plot.... this did not.
3. I like books that have characters in them.... this didn't really have that either

There were some interesting tid bits for people interested in the Antedeluvian world, but other than a few barely unpacked kernels of interesting ideas, this book was Flat. flat as a pancake.... no a crepe.

no need to read
Joseph Dufour
Its a wonder how man can change Gods words so much..It might have been harder living in those days but everyone was closer to God..The church itself is destroying us.This is a great book a must read.
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Francis Bacon, 1st Viscount St. Alban, QC (22 January 1561 – 9 April 1626), was an English philosopher, statesman, scientist, jurist, orator, essayist, and author. He served both as Attorney General and Lord Chancellor of England. After his death, he remained extremely influential through his works, especially as philosophical advocate and practitioner of the scientific method during the scientifi ...more
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