Three Early Modern Utopias: Thomas More, Utopia; Francis Bacon, New Atlantis; Henry Neville, The Isle of Pines

Thomas More Francis Bacon Henry Neville


Three Early Modern Utopias: Thomas More, Utopia; Francis Bacon, New Atlantis; Henry Neville, The Isle of Pines

Three Early Modern Utopias: Thomas More, Utopia; Francis Bacon, New Atlantis; Henry Neville, The Isle of Pines

  • Title: Three Early Modern Utopias: Thomas More, Utopia; Francis Bacon, New Atlantis; Henry Neville, The Isle of Pines
  • Author: Thomas More Francis Bacon Henry Neville
  • ISBN: 9780192838858
  • Page: 205
  • Format: Paperback



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 orWith 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 original Latin together with letters and illustrations that accompanied early editions of Utopia This edition also includes two other, hitherto less accessible, utopian narratives New Atlantis 1627 offers a fictional illustration of Francis Bacon s visionary ideal of the role that science should play in the modern society Henry Neville s The Isle of Pines 1668 , a precursor of Defoe s Robinson Crusoe, engages with some of the sexual, racial, and colonialist anxieties of the end of the early modern period Bringing together these three New World texts, and situating them in a wider Renaissance context, this edition which includes letters, maps, and alphabets that accompanied early editions illustrates the diversity of the early modern utopian imagination, as well as the different purposes to which it could be put.


Recent Comments "Three Early Modern Utopias: Thomas More, Utopia; Francis Bacon, New Atlantis; Henry Neville, The Isle of Pines"

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 next b [...]

A proto-Communist reverie by a Catholic saint; a text from 1627 featuring lasers, cloning and syntetic biology; and a raunchy, sexist, racist castaway tale; what's not to like?! And all this before the advent of the omniscient narrator, adding a pseudo-documentary touch that feels strangely modern in our age.

like some of More's ideas, but i wouldn't want to live there - i'd be a bit bored :)

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 [...]

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 appears [...]

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 [...]

2.5 out of 5 stars! ⭐️ We read it in a seminar at university. It was informative and interesting buuuut I would definitely not read it in my leisure time 🤭😉✨

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 [...]

'Utopia' is an important book to read so as to understand where all consecutive utopian and dystopian books come from. It describes an island with the perfect society, though to 21st century citizens that society seems quite restrictive and utilitarian.'New Atlantis' describes a much softer, more pleasant-seeming society on a far-away island that has willingly chosen to remain hidden, while exploring other countries' scientific and industrial innovations.'The Isle of Pines' is a short story of 2 [...]

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's Utopia: Some surprising modernistic ideas within the text, on feminism in particular - female soldiers and priests, provides a great insight into the social history of mankind. Bacon's New Atlantis: like reading a list of ideals and ideas. Henry Neville's The Isle of Pines: reminded me of Genesis, the beginnings of a society founded by one man! This edition was very well produced having not only useful explanatory notes to the works, but also short biographical time-lines, and a glossary. [...]

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) [...]

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

I'll never think of bagpipes the same way againThe editor's introductory essay was excellent, giving good context for the individual works and utopias as a whole. I read this collection primarily for New Atlantis, which was slightly disappointing – probably to the extent of halting my Baconian reading. However, a second read of Utopia was rewarding and I got far more from it than when I read it a couple of years ago. Isle of Pines, as suggested above, was interesting.

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.

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).

Hard to understand, very dry

Read for my class on Early Modern Utopias (HIST 610). I hated reading them but they make for wonderful, insightful discussions.

Good collection, good explanations and notes. Not much else to say currently.

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.


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