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Sir Thomas More (1478 – 1535)
|Periods: British: 1500-1700|
Author of Utopia.
Our pages on these individual works by Sir Thomas More
- 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 ThomasMore was a superb literary artist and a master of the art of literary dialogue, and that beneath the often apparently rambling and digressivesurface 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 useof dialogue in each of the three dialogues is genuinely dialectical—that the individual speakers in the three literary dialogues make a genuinecontribution to the development of the argument—and that the movement from speaker to speaker in the History of Richard III is alsogenuinely dialectical—anticipating the art of the three later dialogues. To this end I have provided an interpretive reading/analysis of each of theworks, focussing on More’s “art of dialogue” in the passages of direct and indirect speech in Richard III, and in the dialogues betweenHythloday and Persona More in Book I of Utopia, between Chancellor More and the Messenger in the Dialogue Concerning Heresies, andbetween Vincent and Anthony in the Dialogue of Comfort. The thesis also includes two major appendices: Appendix A consisting of abouttwo thousand items of More scholarship organised according to topic, and Appendix B containing detailed analytical summaries of the fourworks. (The Bibliography is quite comprehensive covering all of More’s works and also background studies and biographies.) The twoappendices are provided both as part of my argument and as tools for further research. “
- Contains: Commentary, Criticism, Bibliography
- Author: Romuald Ian Lakowski
- 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