The New Atlantis by Francis Bacon

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The New Atlantis is a utopian novel by Sir Francis Bacon. In this work, Bacon portrayed a vision of the future of human discovery and knowledge, expressing his aspirations and ideals for humankind. The novel depicts the creation of a utopian land where "generosity and enlightenment, dignity and splendor, piety and public spirit" are the commonly held qualities of the inhabitants of "Bensalem". The plan and organization of his ideal college, "Salomon's House" envisioned the modern research university in both applied and pure sciences. Many aspects of the society and history of the island are described, such as the christian religion - which is reported to have being born there as a copy of the Bible and a letter from the Apostle Saint Bartholomew arrived there miraculously, a few years after the Ascension of Jesus; a cultural feast in honor of the family institution, called "the Feast of the Family"; a college of sages, the Salomon's House, "the very eye of the kingdom".
 

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Francis Bacon was born in Dublin, Ireland, in 1909. He emerged as one of the leading painters of the 20th century during the 40s and 50s. Bacon expanded the possibilities of figurative art with a bold, expressionistic style at a time when abstraction was the dominant mode. He was also one of the first artists to depict overtly homosexual themes. He stands as a towering figure in 20th-century art, having established a huge influence on younger generations of painters. He died in 1992.
 
Published March 2, 2012 by Dover Publications. 51 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Religion & Spirituality, History, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Law & Philosophy, Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference, Business & Economics. Non-fiction

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Galanopoulos, the seismologist who is the chief creator of the new Atlantis myth, and Edward Bacon, archaeological editor of the Illustrated London News, introduces some coherence to the story as presented by Mavor, but adds nothing else requiring comment (except for some marvelous photographs, n...

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