What is a Utopia?
Development of Utopian Fiction
Examples of Utopian Literature
- B.C. to 16th Century
- 17th to 18th Century
- 19th Century
- Early 20th Century
- Mid 20th Century
- Late 20th Century
- Alphabetical List
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In the following sections, I have listed a selection of utopian fiction as an introduction to the genre for the interested reader. For each book, I have noted the publication date, the country of the author, and a very brief synopsis of the plot and description of the utopian society.
It is by no means exhaustive, and the selection of individual titles is my own, although I have tried to include those novels most commonly considered to be utopias. It does not include many of the more theoretical philosophical treatises or political tracts, but my intention is to focus on novels with some entertainment value as well.
I would be happy to hear from individuals who would like to see changes my list or to point out any gross omissions or errors (e-mail).
I have indicated which books are, in general, best described as utopias () and which dystopias () and which have elements of both (), although to some extent this is of course a matter of personal opinion.
I have also tried to give some indication, by a system of stars, of which are the better-known and more classic utopias (), which are second-rank in the genre () and which are books where the utopian element is more peripheral (). This is not intended as an evaluation of their value as literature, nor necessarily of my own personal preferences.
Finally, I have provided links to Amazon pages for the US (), Canada () and the UK () for those who might wish to buy the books for themselves (the cheaper paperback editions where possible, and English translations if available).
The list is arranged chronologically, and split for convenience into the following time-spans:
There is a also an alphabetical listing by title and by author for added convenience.
What is a Utopia? | Development of Utopian Fiction | Examples of Utopian Literature | B.C. to 16th Century | 17th to 18th Century | 19th Century | Early 20th Century | Mid 20th Century | Late 20th Century | Alphabetical List