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Τρία κείμενα για την ουτοπία: Thomas More Ουτοπία, Francis Bacon Νέα Ατλαντίς, Henry Neville Η νήσος των Πάιν

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With the publication of Utopia (1516), Thomas More provided a scathing analysis of the shortcomings of his own society, a realistic suggestion for an alternative mode of social organization, and a satire on unrealistic idealism. Enormously influential, it remains a challenging as well as a playful text. This edition reprints Ralph Robinson's 1556 translation from More's or ...more
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Published (first published January 13th 1999)
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Kei
Meh.
I think I would have almost been okay just reading the introduction (even taking into account the level to which she loved the sound of her own voice.)

Utopia was interesting enough to pull quotes from, New Atlantis came across as a love affair with science and ego, and The Isle of the Pines was.... sort of wanting to clean my brain out with Lysol. Definitely an interesting piece, given the time it was written in, but... I didn't need to read it.

Overall I am looking forward to making sure my
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Whisper19
like some of More's ideas, but i wouldn't want to live there - i'd be a bit bored :)
Mel Vincent
The 3 Modern Utopias were very intriguing and very prophetic in a way that it precisely predicted the outcomes of science and technology.

Utopia (Thomas More): Before reading the book I thought that Thomas More would formulate a theory that would suggest an advanced and science centered society would be the driving force in creating the "Utopia" that the world needs. But as it turns out, the Utopia theory is actually regressive than progressive because it merely points out that tribalism is the p
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Annalisa
It's unlikely anyone will go looking for a review of this book--it's more "I got assigned this in class" than "what should I read next? Well, I've had a hankering for early modern fiction...." But I have to comment on the third work in this book.

The first two are pretty well known--More's "Utopia" is either the most or second most famous utopia story every written (depending on how you feel about Plato's Republic) and while very dry in places is most quite engaging. Through our lens, More appea
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Amy
Okay, I actually quite liked this difficult as it was at times to read, but it is interesting to have a perspective of the world put forward by a text written nearly 500 years ago. I'm referring mainly to Thomas More's "Utopia", as it's basically a political account narrated in story form, which tells More's view on what he perceives as the perfect society. He covers everything from warfare to religion, and it was interesting to see how a 16th Century scholar living in the early Renaissance perc ...more
alissa
I would call this a selection of speculative fiction from the 17th century. The three works depict the workings of an idealized or alternate society, couched in the form of travel narratives. The travel narrative allows a distance from the political and social baggage of the Old World. For example, Thomas More's Utopia, though predominantly Christian, has state religion set up in a manner meant to preclude the denominational schisms and religious wars that so coloured his age and the preceding c ...more
Justin Evans
The stars rating doesn't work for a book like this. More's 'Utopia' is entertaining and sophisticated; Bacon's and Neville's works won't be of any interest to you unless you want to write a paper on them or get off on history of (bad) ideas. The apparatus for this book, though, is excellent: the introduction is well written, clear and interesting; the notes have just the right level of detail. But if you want something to read for kicks, you'll want to stick to More. As with Erasmus, the irony i ...more
NaomiRuth
Good collection, good explanations and notes. Not much else to say currently.
Jeremy
More and Bacon were assigned for Dr. Jacobs's Early Modern Age course at Baylor (Spring 2014). I read Utopia quickly because it was also assigned in Dr. Donnelly's Milton seminar.
Delicious Strawberry
I have enjoyed Oxford World Classics for a long time because of the notes, biographies, and other content that is added to the book to supplement the stories themselves. This is a decent collection of three stories, with all the necessary notes and such. If you're curious about Utopia, buy this book and you'll get two other visions of Utopia as well, making for a good overall reading experience (once you get past the old language, which is rather clunky at times, but that is how it was written) ...more
I-kai
All three quite interesting, even though I'm already quite familiar with New Atlantis before picking up this book. I don't know if there is a better translation of More's Utopia; the Robinson one which is in this book is quite archaic and the glossary in the back doesn't really come in handy anyway. One would even appreciate Utopia more if its allusions and explicit references to the Republic and Laws are seen. More definitely seems to have picked up Plato's practice of irony very well... :P
Jazz M
This is a good compilation for study with all paraphernalia around the books included. However, for general readers, I can see that these would be dull and eccentric - simply a product of their times. There are higher quality utopias for modern readers available now. ...more
Amanda
The books in this compilation were important for me as a fan of the utopian/dystopian genre. From a historical perspective, it was interesting to read Thomas More's Utopia and contrast the values of Utopian society with his own Catholic values (the ones he died for).
Nessa
Feb 20, 2010 Nessa rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Nessa by: Dr Ted McCormick
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Read for my class on Early Modern Utopias (HIST 610). I hated reading them but they make for wonderful, insightful discussions.
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Sir Thomas More also known as Saint Thomas More, was an English lawyer, scholar, author, and statesman. During his life he gained a reputation as a leading Renaissance humanist, a violent opponent of the Reformation of Martin Luther, and a government official. For the last six years of his life he was Lord Chancellor.
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