It takes a while to get used to the style of writing, but the effort pays off. Either way, the cascade of words with no breaks and the heavy, wordy style of the day made this a less pleasant read than it was intended. I stumbled upon Erasmus while reading Durant's Reformation volume of the Story of Civilization, and later while reading Johnson's History of Christianity. Finally, in the last several pages of the book, Erasmus appears to reverse himself. Erasmus displays cunning wit in his satire In Praise of Folly. And, appropriately enough, it strives to be the wisest, but cleverly ironically? Erasmus 1466 - 1536 wrote the book in 1509 while he was recovering from an illness and revised and expanded the work some years later. War and Peace, The Bible, Moby Dick, The Great Gatsby, Ulysses, The Communist Manifesto, Plato, Socrates and especially all those who lay special claim to be called personifications of Wisdom are crushed under the heals of Folly.
Praise of Folly, written to amuse his friend Sir Thomas More, is Erasmus's best - known work. As a result, I purchased this book to get a sample of his writings. The Letter to Maarten van Dorp, which is a defence of his ideas and methods, is also included. Het is een satire die in 1511 werd. Listen, if you want to git a handle on one of the most misunderstood men in history, then read what he wrote.
All pages are intact, and the cover is intact. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Did you know that you can help us produce ebooks by proof-reading just one page a day? The other reviewers have praised Erasmus, and, well, duh. Long, long, extra long sentences. The Letter to Maarten van Dorp, which is a defence of his ideas and methods, is also included. I can't believe I did that, said that, acted like that! Our books are carefully described and packaged in boxes not envelopes. You will quickly find that most history books got it wrong.
Erasmus, scholastics, humanists and reformers 3. The book is beautifully written but full of learning and of classical and Scriptural allusions that many readers will find unfamiliar. This is fairly well provided in the Introduction. The good old time of the inquisition. Even though the work is short, I'd recommend going with the Norton Critical Edition, or at least one that has some explanatory notes. Bookseller: , Washington, United States New York, New York, U.
He died in Basle in 1536. He catalogs every type of fool, every kind of folly, and has room to spare. The spine may show signs of wear. These could have been sectioned off, if only by skipping a few lines between them. 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 stood out for me as an intriguing person that I wanted to learn more about. The Praise of Folly, translated by John Wilson in 1668, at Project Gutenberg; Praise of Folly at Internet Archive scanned books original editions. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. While in England Erasmus became friends with John Colet, Thomas More, Thomas Linacre, Willam Grocyn, and other Humanists at Oxford. The Letter to Maarten van Dorp, which is a defence of his ideas and methods, is also included. After that he became a wandering scholar and traveled to England in 1499 at the invitation of Lord Mountjoy.
I highly recommend this satire for teachers, politicians, priests, professors, administrators, managers, Rotarians, poets, grave diggers, and anyone else tempted toward hypocrisy and if you think you aren't tempted, I mean you most of all. Ehrman, The Orthodox Corruption of praise of folly by desiderius erasmus Scripture: He was named after Saint Erasmus of Formiae, whom Erasmus's father. The author may not have them in the original. My only regret is that the edition I read not the Penguin had no footnotes at all and no explanation of background information. For example, here is Folly's characterization of my former profession of lawyer. I was glad to have the opportunity to reread this book after many years. There is near the end an appeal to a very aesthetics religious outlook even at the expense of what we now call the sciences.
Proof enough that the world is filled with fools is the fact that I am the first one to review this ultimate treatise on the human condition. Erasmus travelled widely, and his thought was particularly influential in England, where he became a close friend of Thomas More. Read this book if high quality. Bookseller: , Ohio, United States Penguin Classics, 1971. Pages can include limited notes and highlighting, and the copy can include previous owner inscriptions. There are sharp, incisive portrayals of in influence of emotion and folly throughout human life from the cradle to the grave. A full-front blast against the stupidities of us arrogant humans, with a crazy satirical sense of humor.
The importance of the Praise of Folly 2. It does an excellent job of selecting from Erasmus's works, but a poor one, in my opinion, of including secondary literature. Heavens above, doesn't the happiest group of people comprise those popularly called idiots, fools, nitwits, simpletons?. The Letter to Maarten van Dorp, which is a defence of his ideas and methods, is also included. Erasmus' characterization of Folly is cleverly constructed, and the irony in his essay is thick. A gift card and personalized message can be included upon request. Fortunately, the compiler has footnotes to explain the classical references to those not familiar with most of them; this helped me a lot.