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The Utopia of Sir Thomas More

by Mildred Campbell

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Campbell's edition of More's Utopia includes the original edited text of Utopia with extensive footnotes, a detailed introduction to the text, Roper's text on the Life of More, Erasmus' biographical letter about More (still a preferred biography of More, and a wonderful piece of writing in itself), and the letters More and his daughter Margaret exchanged while he was imprisoned prior to his execution in 1535.

Although Utopia was first published in 1516, it's still an astonishingly relevant read, and well worth the time. As both a critique of 16th Century England and a detailed study of an apparently ideal society, the text is so readable as to feel far more recent, and a fascinating journey in itself. While some of the material Campbell includes in this edition is fairly cumbersome, and clearly dated as far as the writing goes, Erasmus' letter about More, and More's own letters to his daughter, are both telling and transporting, well worth the extra time. What emerges from the text and collection as a whole is a careful critique of the ways of 'civilized' humanity and a visit with an intelligent and caring man who was also a clever citizen and a wonderful writer.

Absolutely recommended--and, while this edition may be more difficult to find than others, the included letters make it well worth the effort. ( )
  whitewavedarling | Mar 3, 2014 |
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