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In Praise of Folly (1511)

by Desiderius Erasmus

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This witty, influential work by one of the greatest scholars of the Renaissance satirizes the shortcomings of the upper classes and religious institutions of the time. The most effective of all Erasmus's writings -- ripe with allusions, vignettes, and caricatures -- the literary gem was not only an extremely intelligent and articulate response to pretentiousness of all sorts, it also proved to be spiritual dynamite, leaving monastic brothers and clergymen the objects of universal laughter. The book's purported narrator, the goddess Folly, proclaims herself to be the daughter of Youth and Wealth, nursed by Drunkenness and Ignorance. She is accompanied by such followers as Self-love, Pleasure, Flattery, and Sound Sleep. A clever mix of drollery and fantasy, fast-paced and lighthearted in tone, the work has proved to be a lively and valuable commentary on modern times. It remains, according to the great Dutch historian John Huizinga, "a masterpiece of humour and wise irony ... something that no one else could have given to the world."… (more)
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Maybe the apparent premise that 'if it's fun it must be foolish' made sense to a medieval Christian, but it made no sense to me. It's hard to enjoy a satire when one isn't sure what the author wanted to satirise. ( )
  Stravaiger64 | May 23, 2020 |
Rebinding by Harcourt Bindery for $75
  ajapt | Dec 30, 2018 |
Clever. A famous work of the Renaissance, it led to the questioning of absurd abuses of authority in the Church. Some say it laid the groundwork for the Reformation. ( )
  JVioland | Jul 14, 2014 |
Un clásico, sin duda. Ya desde el Renacimiento era muy evidente que la humanidad está gobernada por la estulticia, la cual es hija de la avaricia. ( )
  jmgasca | Apr 4, 2012 |
1740 edition
  richardhobbs | Dec 12, 2010 |
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Erasmus, Desideriusprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bange, PettyContributorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Dean, Leonard F.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Dirkzwager Czn., A.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Dirkzwager, A.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Eliass, KārlisTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Eliass, KristapsTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hahn, Albert, Jr.Cover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hiensch, A.J.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Holbein, Hans (de Jongere)Illustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hudson, Hoyt HopewellTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Jagtenberg, A.Cover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kan, A.H.Editorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kan, J. B.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Levi , A. H. T.Introductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Loon, Hendrik Willem VanIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Medina, JaumeTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Nielson, A. C.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Nolhac, Pierre deTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Nordberg, MichaelTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Radice, BettyTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Rat, MauriceContributorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Vermeer-Pardoen, J.M.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Wilson, JohnTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Zariņš, VilnisForewordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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This witty, influential work by one of the greatest scholars of the Renaissance satirizes the shortcomings of the upper classes and religious institutions of the time. The most effective of all Erasmus's writings -- ripe with allusions, vignettes, and caricatures -- the literary gem was not only an extremely intelligent and articulate response to pretentiousness of all sorts, it also proved to be spiritual dynamite, leaving monastic brothers and clergymen the objects of universal laughter. The book's purported narrator, the goddess Folly, proclaims herself to be the daughter of Youth and Wealth, nursed by Drunkenness and Ignorance. She is accompanied by such followers as Self-love, Pleasure, Flattery, and Sound Sleep. A clever mix of drollery and fantasy, fast-paced and lighthearted in tone, the work has proved to be a lively and valuable commentary on modern times. It remains, according to the great Dutch historian John Huizinga, "a masterpiece of humour and wise irony ... something that no one else could have given to the world."

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Erasmo, con "Elogio della Follia", guarda e invita a guardare alla demenza del mondo con occhi nuovi: nella consapevolezza che la realtà è quella che è e, in fondo, ci sono sempre delle "ragioni" in quello che gli uomini fanno - come non tarderà a sottolineare il Machiavelli - per cui vale forse la pena di dar credito alla "follia".
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