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Was Thomas More a "genius"? This essay examines the meaning and English translation of the Latin word ingenium in the prefatory letters to the 1518 edition of Utopia.

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In the context of the classical oratorical tradition and its important iteration and adjustment in Erasmus's De copia (1512–34), the uses of ingenium indicate how humanist readers of Utopia assessed More's rhetorical abilities.

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This page is a summary of: Thomas More and the “genius” of Utopia, Moreana, June 2017, Edinburgh University Press, DOI: 10.3366/more.2017.0003.
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