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A useful anthology, though the introduction lacks the depth of many editions devoted solely to "Utopia",
This review is from: Three Early Modern Utopias Thomas More: Utopia / Francis Bacon: New Atlantis / Henry Neville: The Isle of Pines (Oxford World's Classics) (Paperback)
This is a useful anthology which contains the well-known "Utopia" alongside the less known "New Atlantis" and the even more obscure "Isle of Pines". These are all interesting texts in themselves, and the editor should be commended for bringing them together in a mainstream publication.
People should be aware, though, that all of these texts are available for free on the internet and the introduction, insightful though it is, is relatively insubstantial - for those who don't mind reading off a computer screen, Project Gutenberg might be a better first port of call. Moreover, for those studying "Utopia" alone, there exists a more up-to-date translation from the Latin in the "Cambridge Texts in the History of Political Thought" series (ed. Logan) with a more thorough introduction, and the introduction of the Penguin edition is comprehensive further still (though the translation, by Paul Turner, is more dated).
This said, I'd recommend this edition both for the casual reader who wants easy access to all three texts and doesn't want to get them off the internet, and the more serious reader who's looking for up-to-date editorial insights: the introduction, despite its brevity, certainly has lots of this.
Three Early Modern Utopias Thomas More: Utopia / Francis Bacon: New Atlantis / Henry Neville: The Isle of Pines (Oxford World's Classics)(5 customer reviews)