Utopia By Sir Thomas More

ISBN-10: 0312101457
ISBN-13: 9780312101459
Edition: 1999
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Description: This addition to The Bedford Series in History and Culture presents the complete text of Sir Thomas More's classic work, one of the most influential books in the Western literary and philosophical tradition.

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Book details

List price: $16.99
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: Bedford/Saint Martin's
Publication date: 3/29/1999
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 236
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.50" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.594
Language: English

This addition to The Bedford Series in History and Culture presents the complete text of Sir Thomas More's classic work, one of the most influential books in the Western literary and philosophical tradition.

Born in London, the son of a judge, More became an important statesman and scholar. He was also one of the most eminent humanists of the Renaissance. Educated at Oxford, More became an under-sheriff of London and, later, a member of Parliament. Under King Henry VIII he served as Treasurer of the Exchequer, speaker of the House of Commons, and, finally, Lord Chancellor. More is probably best known for his Utopia, which was written in Latin (then the language of literary and intellectual Europe). It was translated into English in 1551. As the first part of this small masterpiece indicates, when More was weighing the offer to be an adviser to Henry VIII he was well aware of the compromises, bitterness, and frustration that such an office involved. In the second part, More develops his famous utopia---a Greek word punning on the meanings "a good place" and "no place"---a religious, communistic society where the common ownership of goods, obligatory work for everyone, and the regular life of all before the eyes of all ensure that one's baser nature will remain under control. Inspired by Plato's (see Vols. 3 and 4) Republic, More's Utopia became in turn the urbane legacy of the humanistic movement (in which More's friends were most notably Erasmus (see Vol. 4), John Colet, and William Grocyn) to succeeding ages. More also wrote a history, Richard III, which, if arguably the first instance of modern historiography in its attention to character and its departure from chronicle, is also, in its responsiveness to the Tudor polemic of divine rights, largely responsible for the notorious reputation of Richard as an evil ruler. More's refusal to recognize Henry VIII as Head of the Church led to a sentence of high treason. Imprisoned for more than a year, he was finally beheaded. Eventually, More was granted sainthood.

Foreword
Preface
Introduction: More's Utopia in Historical Perspective
Texts
Literary Conventions
Philosophical Convictions
Contexts
Personal Involvements
Historical Circumstances
Developments
Transition
Translation
Utopia
The Translator to the Gentle Reader
The Epistle, Thomas More to Peter Giles Sendeth Greeting
The First Book
The Second Book
Letter from Peter Giles to Hierome Buslide
A Meter of Four Verses
A Short Meter of Utopia
Gerard Noviomage of Utopia
Cornelius Graphey to the Reader
The Printer to the Reader
Appendices
Ralph Robynson's Dedicatory Letter to William Cecil
Selected Bibliography
Index

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