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Arts Essay

Even Corbyn would find Thomas More’s Utopia too leftwing

The 1516 classic - which is celebrating its 500th anniversary at Somerset House - is a textbook for our troubled times (once you get past the proto-socialist polemic)

2 January 2016

9:00 AM

2 January 2016

9:00 AM

As anniversaries go, the timing could hardly be more apt. As Europe braces itself for the next Islamist attack, the next assault on our civilisation, a season of events marks the 500th birthday of a book that outlined an enlightened vision of the ideal society. Utopia 2016 is a year-long celebration of Thomas More’s Utopia at London’s Somerset House, where the Royal Society and the Royal Academy used to meet.

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Utopia 2016: A Year of Imagination & Possibility is at Somerset House, London WC2, from 25 January.

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