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Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, hardback, 240 x 160 mm, 256pp ...
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A Companion to Thomas More brings together many of the world's leading More scholars in order to offer the first comprehensive reassessment of the man and his works for a quarter of a century. The volume freshly examines the competing versions of More the man and presents a new overview of nearly every aspect of his canon.

Studies of More's life veer between hagiography and demystification. In the present volume, a balanced view of More emerges from both the recovery of original sources and analysis of the most recent perspectives on More's life and times. New light is shed on More's letters.

More's role as humanist scholar is reinterpreted: his friendship with Erasmus is discussed as well as his engagement with the classical past. There is a reassessment of More's views on female education and of his The Lyfe of Johan Picus, written for a female friend. Similarly, his Latin poems are considered in relation to those of Erasmus.

More's major work, Utopia, is freshly and substantially analysed. His Historia Richardi Tertii is located and examined in the context of Tudor historiography. The polemical writings are studied and his Tower Works are surveyed anew.

This book offers an indispensable guide to all who are interested in More's life and works.

Contents: Introduction; Latin Lives of Thomas More (Germain Marc'Hadour); Modern Biographies of Sir Thomas More (Michael Ackland); More's Letters and 'the Comfort of the Truth' (Alison V. Scott); Humanism, Female Education, and Myth: Erasmus, Vives, and More's To Candidus (A. D. Cousins); Virtue, Transformation, and Exemplarity in The Lyfe of Johan Picus (L. E. Semler); Inhabiting Time: Sir Thomas More's Historia Richardi Tertii (Arthur F. Kinney); The Epigrams of More and Erasmus: A Literary Diptych (Clarence H. Miller); Erasmus and More: Exploring Vocations (Bruce Mansfield); 'Civitas philosophica': Ideas and Community in Thomas More (Dominic Baker-Smith); Utopia (Damian Grace); The Reluctant Champion: More's Responsio ad Lutherum and Letter to Bugenhagen (Alistair Fox); 'the field is won': An Introduction to the Tower Works (Seymour Baker House); Select Bibliography; Notes on Contributors; Index

A. D. Cousins is Professor in English and Chair of Department at Macquarie University, New South Wales. He is a Member of the Australian Academy of the Humanities and a Member of the Order of Australia. He has published many books and articles, including Shakespeare's Sonnets and Narrative Poems (1999 and 2000). Forthcoming books include Ben Jonson and the Politics of Genre and The Cambridge Companion to the Sonnet. Damian Grace is an Associate Professor in the School of History and Philosophy at UNSW in Sydney. His specialisations are applied and professional ethics and Renaissance political theory. His recent research includes articles on apologising on behalf of others, Nazi medicine, the poetry of John Donne, and business ethics. His current research includes the philosophy of friendship.


SKU 9780838642153
Barcode # 9780838642153
Brand AUP
Artist / Author A. D. COUSINS & Damian GRACE (editors)

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