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"Fluent and highly readable, this new version should be welcomed by all admirers of the Utopia." --Louis Martz, Yale University

About the Author

Clarence H. Miller, now emeritus, was Dorothy McBride Orthwein Professor of English Literature at St. Louis University. He served as executive editor of the fifteen-volume Yale Edition of The Complete Works of St. Thomas More and is the author or editor of more than a dozen other books.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 108 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Brown (April 25, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1613822480
  • ISBN-13: 978-1613822487
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #445,561 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Aistis Zidanavicius on August 22, 2013
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Old idea and old book, even though, the ideas are still very alive these days. One of the most influencing humanism works written 500 years ago by Thomas More. I like the book but I miss the point of creating utopia world. What about you?

Interesting thing but the word "utopia" came from this book as we know it now. Thomas created it in this book by describing in his mind the ideal society, ideal place and ideal life. Utopia is written in a story style and that makes it very easy to read and understand. Recently I've read some other books describing opposite to utopia, which is called anti-utopia. It was very interesting to see the differences between all of them.

Utopia is a fictitious place and the author describes it as an ideal place for society to live. Based on fictitious story teller he describes many different aspects of life like cities, authorities, crafts, communication, relationships, trips, slaves, war and belief. What I didn't like is that through my eyes many things are based on Christianity or has some color of it. That makes me to think that basically this utopia society is based on emotional and not reasonable aspects.

Me personally I'm not admiring the idea of utopia. I think it has many disadvantages. What caught my eye is that in this book there is not mentioned some really important aspects like passion (in any ways like sexual, activity and even life). Sometimes this book reminded me Brave New World. It's similar that in utopia nobody possess nothing and in Brave New World everyone else belongs to everyone else. It doesn't really much differ in mindset, just in surface. What I really doesn't admire in utopias is that they deny personality and destroys character only leaving human as a small part of society.
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By Ethan McLaughlin on March 14, 2014
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Well, here goes.

Thomas Moore created the term utopia through this work. It explores a fantastical society that has achieved a state of utopia, explaining every aspect of it and exploring what it means to be a utopia, and how one may be created. His utopian ideas were interesting , and some of the basis for one is in place in modern society. However, his utopia remains highly impractical because many of his ideas ru counter to the very nature of man and thus can neverbe put in place.

His most important idea is his view on diminishing the value of gold and jewelry, and stands as the crux of his utopia. And coming from an era of slavery, it is interesting to see his views on its importance in a perfect society, though this of course is highly controversial.

Overall, Utopia is an incredible and interesting work delving into what would be needed to create a perfect society of growth, peace and prosperit, though the answer is impossible to find.
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By CJ Swindell on February 16, 2014
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If anyone ever explained a utopia, St. Thomas More did just that. It appears that the idea of an ideal world is in every generation of man. The only thing that was not the illusory perfect society was the Garden of Eden. Why? Because a human creature did not create it. And whether you believe the garden existed,or not, is beside the point. In every society of men in the world since that time, the perfect has existed but it seems to only be an attempt to regain Eden.
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By brooksmusic on August 5, 2012
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I love the extras in this book- the letters and such. That's why I chose this particular book. Better edition than most.
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