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Praise of Folly

PRAISE OF FOLLY;LETTER TO MAARTEN VAN DORP,1515

Desiderius Erasmus - Author

Betty Radice - Translator

A. H. T. Levi - Introduction by

A. H. T. Levi - Notes by

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ISBN 9780140446081 | 256 pages | 01 Mar 1994 | Penguin Classics | 5.07 x 7.79in | 18 - AND UP
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Erasmus of Rotterdam (c. 1466-1536) is one of the greatest figures of the Renaissance humanist movement, which abandoned medieval pieties in favour of a rich new vision of the individual's potential. Praise of Folly, written to amuse his friend Sir Thomas More, is Erasmus's best-known work. Its dazzling mixture of fantasy and satire is narrated by a personification of Folly, dressed as a jester, who celebrates youth, pleasure, drunkenness and sexual desire, and goes on to lambast human pretensions, foibles and frailties, to mock theologians and monks and to praise the 'folly' of simple Christian piety. Erasmus's wit, wordplay and wisdom made the book an instant success, but it also attracted what may have been sales-boosting criticism. The Letter to Maarten van Dorp, which is a defence of his ideas and methods, is also included.
Praise of Folly

Preface to the 1993 Edition

Introduction
1. The importance of the Praise of Folly
2. Erasmus, scholastics, humanists and reformers
3. The Praise of Folly, Dorp and the spirituality of Erasmus
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Praise of Folly
Prefatory Letter
Moriae Encomium, that is, the Praise of Folly
Letter to Maarten Van Dorp, 1515


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