An anthology of schemes, stories and ideas which people have dreamt of as Utopia. Provides a picture of the hopes and desires of the age in which each Utopia was conceived. The anthology encompasses many noble and selfless schemes but also reveals a trail of folly, tyranny and attempts at social control.
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Merton Professor of English at Oxford and a lead reviewer for The Sunday Times, Carey is a splendid interpreter of ideas in literature; a fine scholar, he is also one of our best critical populizers. Few ideas have more power than of Utopia, or the perfect society, generally set elsewhere in unknown lands, in space or the future. Utopias and dysopias are both fictions, yet have played a massive role in history and political realities. Suitably, Carey ranges from Golden Ages and Elysiums to the dreams of the Levellers, John Donne's sexual paradise to Rousseau's noble savages, Crusoe's lonely desert island to Gulliver's world of Houyhnhmns. His choices are inspired and sometimes very funny. Yet the utopianizing passion has much to do with the very nature and power of fiction. With a strong selection, an excellent introduction and lively and informed headnotes, this anthology delineates a fascinating field. (Kirkus UK)
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Author Biography - John Carey
John Carey is an Emeritus Professor at Oxford University. His books include studies of Donne, Dickens and Thackeray, The Intellectuals and the Masses, What Good Are the Arts? and a life of William Golding., John Carey is an Emeritus Professor at Oxford University and a Fellow of the British Academy. His books include studies of Donne, Dickens and Thackeray, The Intellectuals and the Masses, What Good Are the Arts? and a life of William Golding.