Praise of Folly

Kobo ebook | September 30, 2004

byDesiderius Erasmus, A. Levi, Betty Radice

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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.

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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...

Format:Kobo ebookPublished:September 30, 2004Publisher:Penguin Books LtdLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0141920211

ISBN - 13:9780141920214

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from To Err is Human, to miss this book is a folly This book gives any reader a deeper look into that area of our hearts and personalities that we cannot see on a daily basis. Some translated books tend to be difficult to understand, but this certainly isn't one of them. It will open your mind to new ideas and feelings, and change your life forever. This is a must read for anyone looking to find themselves.
Date published: 2001-05-31