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Sir Thomas More (1478 – 1535)

Nationality: British
Born: British
Periods: British: 1500-1700

Author of Utopia.

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Sir Thomas More
Several critical essays on More and his work are featured here.
Contains: Commentary, Criticism
Author: Anniina Jokinen
Sir Thomas More and the Art of Dialogue
“In this study I present an analysis of the structures of four works by Sir Thomas More: The History of Richard III, the ‘Dialogue of Counsel’ in Book I of Utopia, The Dialogue Concerning Heresies, and The Dialogue of Comfort in Tribulation. My basic thesis is that Thomas More was a superb literary artist and a master of the art of literary dialogue, and that beneath the often apparently rambling and digressive surface of each of these literary works, there is a ‘deep structure’ that is highly coherent and even tightly organised. I also show that More’s use of dialogue in each of the three dialogues is genuinely dialectical—that the individual speakers in the three literary dialogues make a genuine contribution to the development of the argument—and that the movement from speaker to speaker in the History of Richard III is also genuinely dialectical—anticipating the art of the three later dialogues. To this end I have provided an interpretive reading/analysis of each of the works, focussing on More’s “art of dialogue” in the passages of direct and indirect speech in Richard III, and in the dialogues between Hythloday and Persona More in Book I of Utopia, between Chancellor More and the Messenger in the Dialogue Concerning Heresies, and between Vincent and Anthony in the Dialogue of Comfort. The thesis also includes two major appendices: Appendix A consisting of about two thousand items of More scholarship organised according to topic, and Appendix B containing detailed analytical summaries of the four works. (The Bibliography is quite comprehensive covering all of More’s works and also background studies and biographies.) The two appendices are provided both as part of my argument and as tools for further research. “
Contains: Commentary, Criticism, Bibliography
Author: Romuald Ian Lakowski

Biographical sites about Sir Thomas More

Sir Thomas More: Additional Sources
This page is a large collection of categorized links; it includes biographical pages, images, bibliographies, resources on Utopia, and more.
Contains: Webliography, Full Bio, Bibliography, Commentary
Author: Anniina Jokinen
This Dark World; Pretty Plays of Childhood
These first two chapters from a biography on More discuss his childhood experiences.
Contains: Extensive Bio
Author: Peter Ackroyd
From: The Life of Thomas More Chapters 1 & 2; Nan A. Talese: 1998

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Last Updated Apr 29, 2013