Three Early Modern Utopias Thomas More Utopia; Francis

10 thoughts on “Three Early Modern Utopias Thomas More Utopia; Francis Bacon New Atlantis; Henry Neville The Isle of Pines

  1. Harry Harry says:

    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

  2. Vanessa Braganza Vanessa Braganza says:

    Loved Bacon's New Atlantis

  3. Cynda Cynda says:

    I decided to read these 3 utopias when GR Catching Up on Classics decided to read Utopia by Thomas MoreHaving previously read Utopia I wanted to increase the challenge by reading Three Early Modern Utopias I readUtopia by Thomas Moremy review I was having multiple infections at once when I read this selection and am now not happy with this review I will reread soon after I am better healed and rewrite my unnecessarily acidic reviewNew Atlantis by Francis Baconmy reviewThe Isle of Pines by Henry Nevillemy reviewHaving reviewed the three selections individually I will now review the book as a whole Three varied selections More's Utopia philosophical look at government England and Utopia compared New Atlantis robinsonade and arcadian utopia Introduction which includes a description of utopian literature as being a transitionary literature between travelogues and novels Extensive Chronology of Thomas More Francis Bacon and Henry Neville Appendix which was included in some earlky additions of Utopia Extensive Explanatory Notes Glossary of terms many current readers are not familiar withuite a bit of information for a reader who wants to have most of the wanted information within the book covers What I would like to have seen included A biography of Thomas More The BarnesNoble edition Utopia has one But then I would have a short bio of all 3 writers I am well satisfied with this yet another Oxford World's Classics edution

  4. Kei Kei says:

    MehI 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 voiceUtopia was interesting enough to pull uotes 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 itOverall I am looking forward to making sure my next book is in something closer to modern English

  5. M.M. Strawberry Library & Reviews M.M. Strawberry Library & Reviews says:

    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 and you'll learn a few things too

  6. Whisper19 Whisper19 says:

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

  7. Igor Igor says:

    I haven't read all the book but the introductory part to help me with other book 'Dystopia A Natural History' de Gregory Claeys This last one I am reading in full I have noticed1 acessible text;2 nice analysis;3 I gave grade 4 following the average already here

  8. Kathrin Kathrin says:

    I was not the hugest fan of this book I liked to get glimpses in what other people viewed as a utopia and how they saw a utopia I did not really like all the background information and the framework of the novel and that really knocked down my enjoyment of the series

  9. J M-B J M-B says:

    The introduction and notes by Susan Bruce make this an especially useful little volume

  10. Amy Amy says:

    Review originally posted at warmdayswillneverceasewordpresscom Utopia by Thomas More 1516 Utopia is a wonderfully satirical yet odd piece of prose While it is not the first work of utopian fiction it did give us the term ‘utopia’ More’s prose satirises unrelenting idealism by creating a utopia or ‘no place’ an ideal society which cannot exist in reality Each utopian world reveals a lot about its author and about the society in which they livedI really enjoyed reading Utopia but I did find a lot of the story rather puzzling More a devote Catholic who persecuted Protestants seems to advocate for easy divorce female priests married priests and euthanasia in his utopia Utopia practices religious tolerance especially of pagan religions and even atheists are allowed to inhabit the island even if they are despised Of course a traveller Raphael Hythlodaeus attempts to convert the Utopians to Christianity because that’s what European colonists did but religious tolerance is at the heart of Utopian society There’s a welfare state with free healthcare women have a liberal role than in English society in the 16th century and the Utopians attempt to avoid war where possible This all sounds ideal but More also puts slavery in his utopian society makes premarital sex punishable by life long celibacy and eradicates privacy altogether More is clearly satirising the lifestyle and ideas of Early Modern Europeans made obvious by the playful asides that run throughout the story but so much of the piece seems to be at odds with More’s own views and actions that I just don’t know what to think New Atlantis by Francis Bacon 1626 Bacon’s utopian novel is incomplete and was published by William Rawley after Bacon’s death in 1626 I found Bacon’s utopia to be really interesting because he was essentially just stating the importance of his own scientific method Science and religion are at the heart of Bacon’s New Atlantis but he stresses the importance of science by showcasing an ‘ideal’ society which has a state sponsored scientific institute something which England definitely did not have in Bacon’s own time All of the utopian nation’s experiments are conducted in the Baconian method as they attempt to understand and control natureThere’s no real plot to speak of maybe because the novel is unfinished but you find out about the history of the island and its principles It’s an interesting concept and I enjoyed reading it I really liked the writing style too as it was simple straightforward and logical The Isle of Pines by Henry Neville 1668 This was the shortest and weirdest story in the collection I’m not even sure if Neville depicts a utopian or dystopian world in The Isle of Pines because it has elements of both genres Although they have laws and Christianity what a surprise the society that the explorers find is based on a system of idleness and sexual freedom Sounds like fun to me The idyllic island allows the residents to live in comfort never worrying about food or shelter However the society is also unproductive uncreative and rather violent which is what makes me think that this is definitely of a dystopia rather than a utopia Dutch explorers find the island lacking in industrial and technological advancement and discover that they can learn nothing from this isolated islandI think that this was my favourite story of the three as I really enjoyed the epistolary framework and I thought that the narrative voice was the most interesting Neville managed to create a uniue story which artfully illustrated the tensions of his own time while skilfully combining two genres together to create an odd but interesting storyOverall this is a really interesting collection of early utopian fiction I do wish it had included something written by a woman like The Blazing World by Margaret Cavendish or The Book of the City of Ladies by Christine de Pizan but it is a very limited collection so I can’t expect too much Each story is worth reading but the explanatory notes and introduction are a really nice addition so I’m glad I bought this particular edition

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Three Early Modern Utopias Thomas More Utopia; Francis Bacon New Atlantis; Henry Neville The Isle of Pines ➽ [Reading] ➿ Three Early Modern Utopias Thomas More Utopia; Francis Bacon New Atlantis; Henry Neville The Isle of Pines By Thomas More ➲ – 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 o With the publication Modern Utopias Kindle ´ of Utopia 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 Three Early PDF/EPUB or Ralph Robinson's translation from More's original Latin together with letters and illustrations that accompanied early editions of UtopiaThis edition also includes two other hitherto less accessible utopian narratives New Atlantis offers a fictional illustration of Francis Bacon's visionary ideal of the role that science should play in the modern Early Modern Utopias Kindle Ô society Henry Neville's The Isle of Pines 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 Early Modern Utopias Thomas More PDF/EPUB or New World texts and situating them in a wider Renaissance context this edition which includes Early Modern Utopias Thomas More PDF/EPUB or 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 putAbout the Series For over years Oxford World's Classics has made available the broadest spectrum of literature from around the globe Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features including expert introductions by leading authorities voluminous notes to clarify the text up to date bibliographies for further study and much.