The complete text of Sir Thomas More's classic work, one of the most influential books in the Western literary and philosophical tradition. The original 1551 translation by Ralph Robynson is extensively antated by the editor and other sixteenth century material is included. A comprehensive Introduction places Utopia within its literary, religious and philosophical contexts and situates More in the broader framework of sixteenth century Europe.
David Harris Sacks is Professor of History and Humanities at Reed College. His scholarly work focuses on the cultural and social history of medieval and early modern Britain. He is the author of Trade, Society and Politics in Bristol, 1500-1640 (1985), and The Widening Gate: Bristol and the Atlantic Economy, 1450-1700 (1991), which was awarded the John Ben Snow Prize in British History by the North American Conference on British Studies. His current work includes studies in the history of early modern British urban society and culture and of the history of ethical, political, and economic discourse in early modern England focusing on the problem of monopoly and freedom. Sacks has been a fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation and of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and was an NEH Long-term fellow at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C. During 1998-99, he will be Visiting Professor of History at Yale University.