• Publication Date: September 20, 2010
  • ISBN: 9781551119663 / 1551119668
  • 148 pages; 5½" x 8½"

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  • Publication Date: September 20, 2010
  • ISBN: 9781551119663 / 1551119668
  • 148 pages; 5½" x 8½"

This volume includes the full text of More’s 1516 classic, Utopia, together with a wide range of background contextual materials. For this edition the G.C. Richards translation has been substantially revised and modernized by William P. Weaver of Baylor University.

As with other volumes in this series, the text and annotations in this edition are taken from The Broadview Anthology of British Literature, acclaimed as “the new standard” in the field. Appendices include illustrations from early editions; relevant passages from the Bible and from Plato; excerpts from More’s 1534 Dialogue of Comfort against Tribulation that have been cited for their alleged relevance to the debate over whether or not More himself espoused the “communist” principles of the Utopia he imagined.


“The Broadview edition of Utopia ... will prove invaluable in the classroom—and should appeal to anyone coming to Utopia for the first time. The language of this translation is highly accessible; it showcases both the brilliance and the meticulousness of More’s social dreaming. The introduction to the volume is extremely helpful, particularly in its coverage of the wide-reaching effects of Renaissance Humanism. The appendices are invaluable ... in providing added historical context. And the edition is eminently affordable.” — Graham J. Murphy, Trent University

A Note on the Text


In Context
Illustration of Utopia
Utopian Language
Poems in the Utopian Tongue
From Thomas More’s Correspondence

  1. from Letter to Erasmus (3 September, 1516)
  2. from Letter to Erasmus (c. 20 September, 1516)
  3. Letter to Erasmus (31 October, 1516)
  4. from Letter to Cuthbert Tunstall (c. November, 1516)
  5. from Letter to William Warham (January, 1517)

From Thomas More, A Dialogue of Comfort against Tribulation (1534)
From Erasmus, Letter to Ulrich von Hutten (23 July, 1519)
From Plato, Republic (c. 380 BCE)

  1. from Book 3
  2. from Book 4

From Lucian, Saturnalian Letters
From Acts of the Apostles, 4.32–5.11

Contributing Editor William P. Weaver is Assistant Professor of Literature in the Honors College at
Baylor University.