New Atlantis (Annotated)
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New Atlantis is a utopian novel by Sir Francis Bacon
, published in Latin (as Nova Atlantis) in 1624 and in English in 1627.
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 splendour, 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" (or Solomon's House) envisioned the modern research university in both applied and pure sciences.
The novel depicts a mythical island, Bensalem, which is discovered by the crew of a European ship after they are lost in the Pacific Ocean somewhere west of Peru. The minimal plot serves the gradual unfolding of the island, its customs, but most importantly, its state-sponsored scientific institution, Salomon's House, "which house or college ... is the very eye of this kingdom." [more]
Keywords: New Atlantis, Frances Bacon, Literature, Fiction, Novel, Pacific Ocean, Peru, Bensalem, Island, Utopia, Atlantis, Francis Bacon, Utopian Voyage