The Faber Book of Utopias
, edited by John Carey, has been described as both a "treasure of curios, touching memorabilia" and a "box a jewels".
The term 'Utopia', first coined by Thomas More
in his 1516 publication of the same name, has long inspired the literary imaginations of many. This delightful anthology
compiled by Faber and Faber
encompasses all manners and forms of the notion and charts the course
of a host of imaginary societies
, from Plato's Republic
to more contemporary sci-fi visions. We hear from Homer, Marx, Swift, Rouseeau, Orwell, Wilde
, and many more. Providing a picture of the hopes and desires of each age - while also revealing the hidden dystopian realities of Utopian aspirations - it is essential to anyone mildly interested in both the philosophical repercussions of social control
and/or the literary interpretations of the 'perfect society'