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The New Atlantis

3.16  ·  Rating Details ·  1,524 Ratings  ·  93 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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Sep 28, 2011 Owlseyes rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Owlseyes by: straw´berries
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 mor
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 "
Nov 29, 2008 Simon rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: philosophy-read
Like all utopias, boring as sh*t.
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
Jan 10, 2015 tyranus rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Öncelikle belirtmek gerekir ki, yazar vefat ettiği için kitap yarıda kalmış. Kitapta çoğunlukla her bilim dalının araştırıldığı "ev"ler vardır. Bu evlerin çalışma düzeni, amacı ve elde edilen bilimsel ve teknolojik başarılar ve bunlara bağlı olarak elde edilen toplumsal gelişmeler anlatılmaktadır. Bu nedenle Francis Bacon'un "Yeni Atlantis"i diğer ütopyalardan farklıdır; Ne Thomas More'un ekonomik ve idari temelli "Ütopya"sı, ne de Platonun siyasal temelli "Devlet"idir. Daha ziyade bilim ütopya ...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
Roy Lotz
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
May 26, 2015 sabisteb rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
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
Maan Kawas
Dec 16, 2013 Maan Kawas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 20, 2014 Ameer rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Viji  (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
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...
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.
May 31, 2013 Cameron rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Carol Spears
Nov 13, 2013 Carol Spears rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Rex Libris
It is Bacon's view of a Utopian society, a la More's Utopia, but it is only 30 pages, so there is not much to it.
Lena Chilari
Nov 24, 2015 Lena Chilari rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ah, lumină utopică.
Miguel Tarazona Velez
Me encanto la primera mitad del libro, uno de los aspectos que me parecieron interesantes, es la afirmación de que lo que conocemos como América es lo que los antiguos llamaron Atlantída, afirmación mas que lógica si se analisa el texto completo de lo escrito por Platón. El enfoque de Bacon a lo que es una "sociedad ideal" es la parte mas tediosa del libro (contenida en la segunda parte del libro), aún asi su lectura es rapida, y vale la pena leerlo.
Dec 29, 2016 Adora rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bacon - the father of many things re: scientific progress. This book is largely known as one about a utopia but I didn't gather necessarily that as much. Last third of book talks about Salomon's House, which sounds oddly like what academics think what an ideal research community / university should be. Didn't realise but looked up - this work is actually incomplete which makes sense since it sort of ends abruptly.
Marty Reeder
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
Sep 21, 2015 Tsengoz rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Londra'da British Museum'un hemen girişinde Enlightment Room (Aydınlanma Odası) yer alır. Çok geniş ve uzun bir salon boyunca dünyanın dört bir yanından toplanmış kitaplar, mineraller, fosiller, taşlar ve daha pek çok nesne sergilenir.

British Museum, Kral George III'ün 60,000 kitabının yer aldığı bir kütüphane iken, 19. yüzyılda oğlu George IV tarafından müzeye dönüştürülmüş ve İngiliz halkına verilmiştir. Kraliyet Kütüphanesi, aydınlanmaya büyük katkı sunmuştur. Dönemin bütün önemli düşünürler

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
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
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
Lauren Donnelly
After attempting and ultimately failing to finish all of Utopia by Thomas More, Francis Bacon's New Atlantis was a welcome treat afterwards, as it seemed fairly readable and had a promising subject matter. All was well until the Christian propaganda set in, which really disappointed me as I was enjoying it until then. Bacon's utopian vision is racist - refer to the comments about Africans and the Chinese - and quite simply ridiculously unattainable. Despite Christian propaganda being at the hear ...more
Oct 03, 2009 Danie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Skip to the last ten pages and begin reading about Salomon's House - a mix between an empirical institution and secret society. The rest of the book is a drag.
M Strawberry Reviews
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
Dave B.
Jun 09, 2016 Dave B. rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is termed a classic and I believe that was based more on the philosophical notoriety of the author, Francis Bacon, not the strength of this literary work. I was interested in reading this based on finding this book on most masonic fiction reading list. (The top three include: New Atlantis, Utopia and the Man that Would be King) New Atlantis is a very short story more like a novella rather than a book. The story centers around a ship lost at sea and stumbling across the hidden world of Atlan ...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
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Francis Bacon, 1st Viscount St Alban, QC, 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 scientific revolution.

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