Linked bibliography for the SEP article "Thomas More" by Dominic Baker-Smith

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More's execution discouraged publication of his work; but in the Catholic interim under Mary I his nephew William Rastell edited the vernacular writings, The Works of Sir Thomas More in the Englysh tonge, London, 1557; reprinted with an introduction by K. J. Wilson, Menston: Scolar Press, 1978. His complete Latin works, Opera omnia, were printed at Louvain in 1565 and 1566, and at Frankfurt in 1689. All his extant works are now available in the Yale edition, which provides authoritative texts with comprehensive introductory material and annotation. More's letters have been edited by Elizabeth F. Rogers; but she does not include his exchanges with Erasmus, and for these the reader must consult P.S. Allen's Erasmi epistolae, or the correspondence volumes (vols 1–21, 15 so far published) in the Toronto Collected Works of Erasmus. Abbreviated citations used in the entry are given below.

[CWM] The Complete Works of St. Thomas More, 15 vols., New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 1963–97:
  1. English Poems, Life of Pico, The Last things. Edited by Anthony S.G. Edwards, Clarence H. Miller and Katherine Gardiner Rodgers. 1997.
  2. The History of King Richard III. Edited by R.S. Sylvester. 1963.
  3. Part 1: Translations of Lucian. Edited by Craig R. Thompson. 1974.
  4. Part 2: Latin Poems. Edited by Clarence H. Miller, Leicester Bradner, Charles A. Lynch and Revilo P. Oliver. 1984.
  5. Utopia. Edited by Edward Surtz, S.J., and J.H. Hexter. 1965.
  6. Responsio ad Lutherum. Edited by John Headley. 1969.
  7. A Dialogue Concerning Heresies. Edited by Thomas M.C. Lawler, G. Marc'hadour and R.C. Marius. 1981.
  8. Letter to Bugenhagen, Supplication of Souls, Letter against Frith. Edited by Frank Manley, Clarence H. Miller and R.C. Marius. 1990.
  9. The Confutation of Tyndale's Answer. Edited by Louis A. Schuster, R.C. Marius and James P. Lusardi. 1973.
  10. The Apology. Edited by J.B. Trapp.1979.
  11. The Debellation of Salem and Bizance. Edited by John Guy, Clarence H. Miller and Ralph Keen. 1988.
  12. The Answer to a Poisoned Book. Edited by Clarence H. Miller and Stephen M. Foley. 1985.
  13. A Dialogue of Comfort against Tribulation. Edited by Louis L. Martz and Frank Manley. 1976.
  14. Treatise on the Passion, Treatise on the Blessed Body, Instructions and Prayers. Edited by Garry E. Haupt. 1976.
  15. De tristitia Christi. Edited by Clarence H. Miller. 1976.
  16. Letters to Dorp, Oxford, Lee and a Monk; Historia Richardi Tertii. Edited by Daniel Kinney. 1986.
[Corr.] The Correspondence of Sir Thomas More. Edited by E.F. Rogers, Princeton: Princeton University Press. 1947.
[SL] St. Thomas More: Selected Letters. Edited by E.F. Rogers, New Haven: Yale University Press, 1961; this includes English translations of the Latin letters.
[CU] Utopia: Latin Text and English Translation. Edited by George M. Logan, Robert M. Adams and Clarence Miller, Cambridge University Press, 1995. Cited here as the most reliable bilingual text.
[CWE] Collected Works of Erasmus, Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1974–.

Selected Editions of More's Works

  • The History of King Richard the Third. Edited by George M. Logan, Bloomington and Indianapolis, Indiana University Press, 2005.
  • Sir Thomas More: Neue Briefe. Edited by Hubertus Schulte Herbrüggen, Münster: Aschendorff, 1966.
  • The Last Letters of Thomas More. Edited by Alvaro de Silva, Grand Rapids, Mich.: Eerdmans, 2000.
  • L'Utopie de Thomas More. Edited by André Prevost, Paris: Mame, 1978. Latin and French texts, with extensive commentary. (Scholar)
  • Utopia, with Erasmus's “The Sileni of Alcibiades”. Edited and translated by David Wootton, Indianopolis and Cambridge: Hacket, 1999. (Scholar)
  • Utopia. Translation and introduction by Clarence H. Miller, New Haven and Yale: Yale University Press, 2001.
  • Utopia. Translation and introduction by Dominic Baker-Smith, London: Penguin Books, 2012.

Contemporary Biographies

  • Roper, William, The Lyfe of Sir Thomas More (c. 1557). Edited by E.V. Hitchcock, London: Oxford University Press, 1935. (Scholar)
  • Harpsfield, Nicholas, The Life of and Death of Sir Thomas More (c. 1559). Edited by E.V. Hitchcock, London: Oxford University Press, 1932. (Scholar)
  • Stapleton, Thomas, The Life of Sir Thomas More (Part 3 of Tres Thomae, 1588). Translated by Philip E. Hallett, London: Burns Oates and Washbourne, 1928. (Scholar)
  • More, Cresacre, The Life and Death of Sir Thomas More (c. 1631). Edited by J. Hunter, London: William Pickering, 1828. (Scholar)

Biographical Studies

  • Ackroyd, Peter, 1998, The Life of Thomas More, London: Chatto and Windus. (Scholar)
  • Baker House, Seymour, 2008, “More, Sir Thomas (1478–1535)”, in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford: Oxford University Press. (Scholar)
  • Chambers, R. W., 1935, Thomas More, London: Jonathan Cape. (Scholar)
  • Fox, Alastair, 1982, Thomas More: History and Providence, New Haven: Yale University Press. (Scholar)
  • Guy, J. A., 1980, The Public Career of Sir Thomas More, Brighton: Harvester Press. (Scholar)
  • –––, 2000, Thomas More, London: Arnold. (Scholar)
  • –––, 2008, A Daughter's Love: Thomas More and Margaret More, London: Fourth Estate. (Scholar)
  • Marius, Richard, 1984, Thomas More: A Biography, New York: Knopf. (Scholar)
  • Martz, Louis L., 1990, Thomas More: The Search for the Inner Man, New Haven and London: Yale University Press. (Scholar)

Selected Secondary Studies

  • Adams, Robert P., 1962, The Better Part of Valour: More, Erasmus, Colet, and Vives on Humanism, War, and Peace, 1496–1535, Seattle: University of Washington Press. (Scholar)
  • Baker, David Weil, 1999, Divulging Utopia: Radical Humanism in Sixteenth-Century England, Amherst: University of Massachusetts. (Scholar)
  • Baker-Smith, Dominic, 1991, More's “Utopia”, London and New York: Harper Collins; reprint University of Toronto Press, 2000. (Scholar)
  • Betteridge, Thomas, 2013, Writing Faith and Telling Tales: Literature, Politics, and Religion in the Work of Thomas More, Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press. (Scholar)
  • Bolchazy, L. J. with G. Gicham and F. Theobald, 1978, A Concordance to the “Utopia” of St. Thomas More, Hildesheim and New York: G. Olms. (Scholar)
  • Cave, Terence, 2008, Thomas More's “Utopia” in Early Modern Europe, Manchester: Manchester University Press. (Scholar)
  • Cousins, A. D. and Damian Grace (eds.), 2009, A Companion to Thomas More, Madison and Teaneck: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press. (Scholar)
  • Curtis, Cathy, 2006, “’The Best State of the Commonwealth’: Thomas More and Quentin Skinner”, in A. Brett and J. Tully (eds.), Rethinking the Foundations of Modern Political Thought, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 93–112. (Scholar)
  • Fleisher, Martin, 1973, Radical Reform and Political Persuasion in the Life and Writings of Thomas More, Geneva: Droz. (Scholar)
  • Forrest, Ian, 2005, The Detection of Heresy in Late Medieval England, Oxford: Oxford University Press. (Scholar)
  • Garnsey, Peter, 2007, Thinking About Property, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. (Scholar)
  • Gogan, Brian, 1982, The Common Corps of Christendom: Ecclesiological Themes in the Writings of Sir Thomas More, Leiden: Brill. (Scholar)
  • Goldhill, Simon, 2002, Who Needs Greek? Contests in the Cultural History of Hellenism, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. (Scholar)
  • Greenblatt, Stephen, 1980, Renaissance Self-Fashioning, Chicago and London: Chicago University Press, chap. 1. (Scholar)
  • Hexter, J. H., 1952, More's “Utopia”: The Biography of an Idea, Princeton: Princeton University Press. (Scholar)
  • Jones, Sarah Rees, 2001, “Thomas More's Utopia and Medieval London”, in Rosemary Horrox and Sarah Rees Jones (eds.), Pragmatic Utopias: Ideals and Communities, 1200–1630, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 117–35. (Scholar)
  • Kaufman, Peter I., 2007, Incorrectly Political: Augustine and Thomas More, Notre Dame, Indiana: University of Notre Dame Press. (Scholar)
  • Logan, George M., 1983, The Meaning of More's “Utopia”, Princeton: Princeton University Press. (Scholar)
  • ––– (ed.), 2011,The Cambridge Companion to Thomas More, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. [This includes valuable bibliographical information.] (Scholar)
  • McCutcheon, Elizabeth, 1983, My Dear Peter: The “Ars Poetica” and Hermeneutics for More's “Utopia”, Angers: Moreanum. (Scholar)
  • Majeske, Andrew J., 2006, Equity in English Renaissance Literature: Thomas More and Edmund Spenser, New York and London: Routledge. (Scholar)
  • Nelson, Eric, 2001, “Greek Nonsense in More's Utopia”, The Historical Journal, 44: 889–917. (Scholar)
  • –––, 2004, The Greek Tradition in Republican Thought, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. (Scholar)
  • Skinner, Quentin, 1978, The Foundations of Modern Political Thought, 2 vols, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. (Scholar)
  • –––, 1987, “Sir Thomas More's Utopia and the Language of Renaissance Humanism”, in Anthony Pagden (ed.), The Languages of Political Theory in Early-Modern Europe, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 123–57; reprinted as “Thomas More's Vision of True Nobility”, in his Visions of Politics, 3 vols, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2002, vol. 2, pp. 213–44. (Scholar)
  • –––, 1988, “Political Philosophy”, in Charles B. Schmitt et al. (eds.), The Cambridge History of Renaissance Philosophy, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 389–452. (Scholar)
  • Sylvester, R. S. and G. P. Marc'hadour (eds.), 1977, Essential Articles for the Study of Thomas More, Hamden, Conn.: Archon Books. (Scholar)
  • Wegemer, Gerard B., 2011, Young Thomas More and the Arts of Liberty, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. (Scholar)

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