Thomas More: Utopia. (1961 words)

  • A. D. Cousins (Macquarie University)

Thomas More's On the Best State of a Commonwealth and on the New Island of Utopia (or just Utopia as the work is most commonly known) was first published in 1516 at Louvain. A second edition appeared in 1518. It was written in Latin for a relatively small readership of international, humanist scholars and was heavily promoted by More's friend Desiderius Erasmus, the celebrated Dutch humanist. Utopia takes the form of a dialogue supposedly held by a group of More's friends and in which a fictionalized version of More himself takes part. Insofar as it is a dialogue, the work is modeled on the dialogues of Cicero rather than on those of Plato (though it glances back to Plato's Republic); in other words, More's …

Cousins, A. D.. "Utopia. ". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 25 October 2004
[, accessed 21 October 2016.]

Related Groups

  1. Renaissance and Humanism
  2. Utopias/ Utopian Thought and Fiction