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    DescriptionAn 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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    Title
    The Faber Book of Utopias
    Authors and contributors
    Edited by John Carey
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 560
    Width: 142 mm
    Height: 228 mm
    Thickness: 40 mm
    Weight: 662 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780571203178
    ISBN 10: 0571203175
    Classifications

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F1.2
    BIC E4L: LIT
    BIC subject category V2: DQ, JPHC
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 11000
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: POL000000
    Libri: B-548
    DC21: 321.07
    Thema V1.0: JPHC, DNT
    Publisher
    FABER & FABER
    Imprint name
    Faber & Faber Non-Fiction
    Publication date
    18 September 2000
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    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.
    Review text
    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)