Since its publication in 1516, UTOPIA has provoked a hailstorm of debate. To some, it is seen to have excited futile and harmful dreaming and experimentation; to others, it has provided the framework for helpful and progressive thinking. Regardless, no one dare dispute that Utopia is an entertaining description of an island supporting a perfectly organized and happy people, and that it has influenced such movements as Anabaptism, Mormonism, and even Communism.
UTOPIA revolutionized Plato's classical model of the perfect republic, mainly by its realism. Locating his island in the New World, More bestowed it with a language and poetry, and detailed everything from the length of the working day to the divorce laws. Such precision gave a disturbing and exciting impact to Utopia , which still remains a book of the future.