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Praise of Folly

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Vilified by generations of philosophers and moralists, the goddess Folly decides to climb onto the pulpit and vindicate herself, since humankind stubbornly refuses to acknowledge her many indisputable virtues. Doesn't she make life a blessing by giving men and women illusions, by filling them with vain ambitions, and by preventing them from taking the world's sorrows and evils too seriously? Isn't she the one whom superstitious clerics, pedantic grammarians, hair-splitting lawyers, self-conceited poets, and religious charlatans should be adoring? A satire on the intrinsic vanity of the social order and an exhortation towards a humanistic Christianity, Erasmus's Praise of Folly—written in 1509 and put on the index of forbidden books by the Council of Trent in 1559 after becoming the greatest literary success of the Humanistic Age—is the towering achievement of one of the most brilliant minds of all time, and one of the most influential books ever written. Published here in a new translation by Roger Clarke which brings out the underlying humor of the original, Erasmus's masterpiece is presented in this volume with one of his lesser-known satirical dialogues, Pope Julius Barred from Heaven, and with a selection from his other great work, the Adagia.

Synopsis:

A satire on the intrinsic vanity of the social order and an exhortation towards a humanistic Christianity, Erasmus's Praise of Folly--written in 1509 and put on the Index of forbidden books by the Council of Trent in 1559 after becoming the greatest literary success of the Humanistic Age-- is the towering achievement of one of the most brilliant minds of all time, and one of the most influential books ever written.

About the Author

Desiderius Erasmus (1466 - 1536), a Dutch humanist and theologian, was born in Rotterdam. He was a dominant figure in classical literature. Erasmus combined his vast learning with a fine style characterized by humor, moderation, and tolerance. He hoped to reconcile the ancient faith with humanism by abandoning the scholastic method and devoting himself to a thorough study of the Scriptures. His works include The Praise of Folly, and Copia.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781847490100
Author:
Erasmus, Desiderius
Publisher:
Oneworld Classics
Translator:
Clarke, Roger
Author:
Clarke, Roger
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Oneworld Classics
Publication Date:
20080131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
340
Dimensions:
7.75 x 5 in

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Fiction and Poetry » Literature » A to Z

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"Synopsis" by , A satire on the intrinsic vanity of the social order and an exhortation towards a humanistic Christianity, Erasmus's Praise of Folly--written in 1509 and put on the Index of forbidden books by the Council of Trent in 1559 after becoming the greatest literary success of the Humanistic Age-- is the towering achievement of one of the most brilliant minds of all time, and one of the most influential books ever written.
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