The Man in the Moone
The Man in the Moone is a book by the English divine and Church of England bishop Francis Godwin. Long considered to be one of his early works, it is now generally thought to have been written in the late 1620s. It was first published posthumously in 1638 under the pseudonym of Domingo Gonsales.
About The Man in the Moone in brief
The Man in the Moone is a book by the English divine and Church of England bishop Francis Godwin. Long considered to be one of his early works, it is now generally thought to have been written in the late 1620s. It was first published posthumously in 1638 under the pseudonym of Domingo Gonsales. The work is notable for its role in what was called the “new astronomy”, the branch of astronomy influenced especially by Nicolaus Copernicus. Godwin’s astronomical theories were greatly influenced by Galileo Galilei’s Sidereus Nuncius, but unlike Galileo, Godwin proposes that the dark spots on the Moon are seas. Some critics consider The Man In The Moone, along with Kepler’s Somnium, to beone of the first works of science fiction. The book was well known in the 17th century, and even inspired parodies by Cyrano de Bergerac and Aphra Behn, but has been neglected in critical history. In both books, the Moon is given an explicit religious theme, including an explicit theme that other worlds, including the Moon, could be inhabited. In the 1630s saw the publication of a translation of Lucian Lucian’s True History of History, containing two accounts of the Moon’s ascent to the Moon and a new edition of Ariosto Furioso’s The Moon and the Moonosto, featuring an account of the ascent to and descent from the Moon. The story ends with a group of Jesuit missionaries, who arrange to have a written account of his adventures sent back to Spain.
The book appeared in a time of great interest in the moon and astronomical phenomena, and of important developments in celestial observation, mathematics and mechanics. The influence particularly of NicolausCopernicus led to what was dubbed the ‘new astronomy’; CopERNicus is the only astronomer Godwin mentions by name, but the theories of Johannes Kepler and William Gilbert are also discernible. In 1703, Philemon Holland’s Moralia introduced Greco-Roman speculation to the English-Roman poets including Edmund Spenser, who proposed that the Moon was inhabited by a race of people called ‘the Lunars’ The book is one of the earliest examples of the use of the term ‘lunar’ in the English language, and was published in 1639. It has been translated into French, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian and Spanish, and has been published in a number of editions since 1638. It is now considered one of Godwin’s best-known works, and is available in hardback and hardback. The Man in TheMoone is published by the University of California, San Diego, priced between £20 and £30. For confidential support call the Samaritans on 08457 90 90 90 or visit a local Samaritans branch, or see www.samaritans.org for details on how to get in touch.