An 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.
From the beginnings of civilization to the present day, people have envisaged Utopia - the perfect future state. These visions have come in every conceivable cultural and sexual shade: communist, fascist, anarchist, green, all-male, all-female; the list is endless. This anthology encompasses many noble and selfless schemes, as well as revealing a spine-chilling trail of folly, tyranny and attempts at social control.
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John Carey is Merton Professor of English at Oxford Universit y, a distinguished critic, reviewer and broadcaster, and the author of several books, including studies of Donne, Dickens and Thackeray, and most recently, Pure Pleasure: A Guide to the Twentieth Century's Most Enjoyable Books, described, by James Wood in the London Review of Books, as 'likeable, wise and often right . . . one feels an attractive sense of partisanship in Carey's writing, an alliance with the ordinary, the plain spoken, the unlettered, the sympathetic and the humane. Carey writes with an Orwellian attention to decency'. He is a regular critic on BBC2's Newsnight Review. He is also the editor of the best-selling anthologies The Faber Book of Reportage, The Faber Book of Science and The Faber Book of Utopias.
Faber Book of Utopias by John Carey
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