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In Utopia , More paints a vision of the customs and practices of a distant island, but Utopia means 'no place' and his narrator's name, Hythlodaeus, translates as 'dispenser of nonsense'. This fantastical tale masks what is a serious and subversive analysis of the failings of More's society. Advocating instead a world in which there is religious tolerance, provision for the aged and state ownership of land, Utopia has been variously claimed as a Catholic tract or an argument for communism, and it still invites each generation to make its own interpretation.

This revised and updated edition of Paul Turner's vibrant translation from the original Latin features a new chronology and further reading list. The revised introduction explores the impact of Utopia on subsequent literary generations and highlights the contradiction between More's beliefs and the propositions put forward in his book.

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In his most famous and controversial book, Utopia, Thomas More imagines a perfect island nation where thousands live in peace and harmony, men and women are both educated, and all property is communal. Through dialogue and correspondence between the protagonist Raphael Hythloday and his friends and contemporaries, More explores the theories behind war, political disagreements, social quarrels, and wealth distribution and imagines the day-to-day lives of those citizens enjoying freedom from fear, oppression, violence, and suffering. This vision of an ideal world is also a scathing satire of Europe in the sixteenth century and has been hugely influential since publication, shaping utopian fiction even today.

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subject_facet Utopias, Utopias -- Bibliography, Utopias -- Early works to 1800
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title_full Utopia, Utopia / Sir Thomas More ; translated by Peter K. Marshall ; introduction by John Anthony Scott, Utopia / Sir Thomas More ;/ translated by Ralph Robinson, 1551 ; with the life of Sir Thomas More by William Roper ; edited, with a introduction and notes by Wayne A. Rebhorn, Utopia / Thomas More ; edited by George M. Logan and Robert M. Adams, Utopia / Thomas More ; translated with an introduction and notes by Paul Turner, Utopia [electronic resource] More, Thomas, Saint, 1478-1535.
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