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Thomas More by Hans Holbein
Hans Holbein the Younger. Sir Thomas More.
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Renaissance Essays: Sir Thomas More

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Sir Thomas More and the Art of Dialogue - R.I.LakowskiEMLS
Excerpt. Sir Thomas More: A Man for One Season - James Wood

Family, Friendship and Divine Filiation: St Thomas More - Thomas J. McGovern
Thomas More, Martin Luther, and the Judiciary Today - Michael Kirby
Neither Saint nor Sinner: An Analysis of Richard Marius as Biographer of Thomas More - Glen Bowman
Sir Thomas More's Use of Chaucer- Francis X. Ryan
Lessons from Thomas More's Dilemma of Conscience - Blake D. Morant
The Ambivalent Heart: Thomas More's Merry Tales - Anne Lake Prescott

Thesis: More's Utopia and The Golden Age - Richard B. Ferguson [.pdf]
Renaissance Visions of Paradise: Ancient Religious Sources of Thomas More's Utopia - Miguel Martínez López
"More's Utopia" or "Utopia's Utopia?": How to Handle Textual and Generic Doubling - Joaquín Martínez Lorente
Dystopian Female Images in More's Utopia - Adelaida Serras
Hedonism in Sir Thomas More's Utopia - Gabriel Bartlett
Saving Place: Thomas More and the Cosmopolitans - Susan Jane McWilliams
Unintended Consequences: Flaws in Utopian Society - Scott Hoaby
The Utopian International Society and its Enemies - Ian Hall
A Slave State: Society in Sir Thomas More's Utopia - Alexander Marriott
Religious freedom in Thomas More's Utopia - Sanford Kessler
More's Place in "No Place": The Self-Fashioning Transaction in Utopia - John Freeman
Topical Utopias: Radicalizing Humanism in Sixteenth-Century England - David Weil Baker
'Utopian Pluralism': A Systematic Approach to the Analysis of
        Pluralism in the Debate about Thomas More's Utopia - Peter Wenzel
Utopia as Mirror for a Life and Times - Richard MariusEMLS
Geography and the More Circle: John Rastell, Thomas More and the 'New World' - R. I. Lakowski
Illustrations in the Yale Utopia - Edward Surtz
A Note on Busleyden's Letter to Thomas More - W. O'Grady
The Utopian Alphabet - J. D. M. Derrett
Some Remarks on Gold - Allen Ward
On Reading More's Utopia as Dialogue - Richard Schoeck
Hythloday and the Root of All Evil - Ward Allen
NVNC VIVO VT VOLO - Robert Coogan
Utopia and the Proper Place of Gold - Charles Clay Doyle
The Argument for Reform in Utopia - Robbin S. Johnson
Plato's Philebus and Utopian Hedonism - Judith Jones
Open-mindedness in the Commonwealth - Lee Cullen Khanna
The Litotes in Utopia - Elizabeth McCuthcheon
The Utopia and More's Orthodoxy - Robert Peters
Injustice, the Theme of Utopia Book I - Ed Quattrocki
Toward the Definition of Utopia - Paul Akio Sawada
Hythloday and a Debt to Macrobius - Hans Ulrich Seeber
Gentili's Commentaries on Utopian War - Philip Dust
Aesthetic Distance in the Utopia - Irma Ned Stevens
The Tone of More's Farewell to Utopia - Ward Allen
The Kingdom Within More's Utopia - John X. Evans
More and Theophrastus—An Idea Put to Work - Katharina Wilson
Utopia on Prospero's Island. - John X. Evans
Ottoman Analogs to More's Utopia - Clare M. Murphy
More's Raphael Hythloday - Wolfgang E.H. Rudat
Socratic Method in More's Utopia - John D. Schaeffer
More's Utopia:  Creating an Image of the Soul - Elliott Simon
Utopia's Chickens Come Home to Roost - Franklin B. Williams
Hythloday's Questions - Eugene R. Hammond
More's Utopia:  Persuasion or Polyphony? - Artur Blaim
Herodotus, Aulus Gellius, and More's Utopia - Uwe Baumann
De re Militari in the Prince and Utopia - Giuseppe C. Di Scipio
More's Utopia and the 'Tragedy' of Polonius - Rainer Pineas
Why Is There No University in Utopia? - John A. Gueguen
'Like a Fountain Stirred' - Edward L. Surtz
On Plato and Utopia - Thomas I. White
Utopian Laughter:  Lucian and Thomas More - R. Bracht Branham
Utopia and Cicero's Paradoxa Stoicorum - Elizabeth McCutcheon
Utopia:  A Dialectical Interpretation - Damian Grace
Erasmus' Adagia and More's Utopia - John C. Olin
The Function of the Ideal in The Republic and Utopia - K. Corrigan
Ciceronian Humanism in More's Utopia - Gerard Wegemer
J.H. Hexter and the Text of Utopia:  A Reappraisal - Brian O'Brien
The Name Hythlodaeus - Nigel G. Wilson
First Among Equals:  The Utopian Princeps - David Baker
Interpreting Utopia: 10 Recent Studies - George M. Logan
Utopia and Deliberative Rhetoric - George M. Logan
The Life of the Essenes and Utopians - Miguel Martínez López
Halfhearted Busleyden - Dale B. Billingsley
'Divine Consideration:' Utopia in Defense of Poetry - Scott Evans
Maiestas in Thomas More's Political Thought - Walter M. Gordon
The Governmental Structure of Utopia - James E. Farnell
Nusquama and Natural Law - James E. Farnell
Ruin and Utopia - David Weil Baker
Utopia:  Comparing 7 Recent Translations - Germain Marc'hadour
Mithra Dans l'Utopie de More - Léon-E. Halkin
La Sagesse d'Epicure Dans l'Utopie de More - M.-M. Lacombe
L'Utopie Comme Genre Litteraire - André Prevost
Sir Thomas More, Christian Humanism, and Utopia - Julia Nelson

The History of King Richard III
Thomas More: Chapter 7: The History of King Richard III - Richard Marius
Chapter II of "Sir Thomas More and the Art of Dialogue": The History of King Richard III - R. I. LakowskiEMLS
Another Look at More's Richard - T.G. Heath
On the Genre of More's Richard III - Robert E. Reiter
Richard III's Pauline Oath - Alistair Fox
More's Richard III: A "Satirical Drama?" - Damian Grace
Richard and His Early Historians - M. A. Anderegg
Shore's Wife in More's Richard III - James L. Harner
More and the Classical Tyrant - Uwe Baumann
King's Tragicomedies in More's Richard III - Daniel Kinney
Paradoxical Defence of Richard III - Conal Condren
Sanctuary in More's Richard III - John G. Peters
Proverbs in Richard III - Brenda M. Hosington
Tacitus' Depiction of Nero - Michele Valerie Ronnick
Litotes in More's Richard III - Elizabeth McCutcheon
Women and Resistance to Tyranny - A.D. Cousins

A Dialogue of Comfort Against Tribulation
The Design of More's Dialogue of Comfort - Louis Martz
Patristic Comforters in More's Dialogue of Comfort - Leland Miles
Function of Psalm 90 in More's Dialogue - Joaquin Kuhn
A Dialogue of Comfort for Us All - Bernard Basset
Truth and Fiction in A Dialogue of Comfort - Lee Cullen Khanna
More's Dialogue and the Dynamics of Comfort - J. Stephen Russell
'Imagination' in A Dialogue of Comfort - Dale B. Billingsley
'Resources of Kind' in A Dialogue of Comfort - Dale B. Billingsley
Thomas More: In Defense of Tribulation - Nancy C. Yee
More and Tyndale as Prose Stylists - James Andrew Clark
Comfort Through Dialogue - Howard B. Norland
Cicero, Gregory the Great, and Thomas More - Anne O'Donnell
A Platonic Treatment of Statesmanship - Gerard Wegemer
More's Moriae Enconium: The Perfect Fool - Nancy C. Yee

Dialogue Concerning Heresies
Dissertation: Hypocrisy and Heresy: Language and Concepts in Early Modern England - Patricia Weightman Stewart [.pdf]
On More's Dialogue Concerning Heresies - D. E. Mason and R. J. Schoeck
A Dialogue Concerning Heresies - Walter M. Gordon
William Tyndale and More's 1529 Dialogue - Pineas Rainer
Dramatic Debate: Vividness and Verve in More's Dialogue - Donald Gilman

Epigrammata, More's Epigrams
Thesis: Fingerprints of Thomas More's Epigrammata on English Poetry - Emily A. Ransom [.pdf]
More's Epigrams on Henry Abyngdon - Susan Holahan
On the Neglected Sources of Epigrams - Charles Clay Doyle
Thomas More's Epigrams on Death - Leicester Bradner
More's Epigramon Brixius' Plagiarism - Daniel Kinney
More and Martial - Fred J. Nichols
Blind Saturn: Astrological Epigrams - Kathleen Perry
Subjects or Citizens? - Damian Grace
Epigrams in the 16th and 17th Centuries - Charles Clay Doyle
On Some Antecedents of More's Epigrams - Charles Clay Doyle

Additional Essays
Essays on Thomas More - Center for Thomas More Studies

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