The Praise of Folly

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Yale University Press, 2003 - Philosophy - 198 pages
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First published in Paris in 1511, The Praise of Folly hasenjoyed enormous and highly controversial success from the author's lifetime down to our own day.It hasno rival, except perhaps Thomas More's Utopia, as the most intense and lively presentation of the literary, social, and theological aims and methods of Northern Humanism. Clarence H. Miller's highly praised translation of The Praise of Folly, based on the definitive Latin text, echoes Erasmus' own lively style while retaining the nuances of the original text. In his introduction, Miller places the work in the context of Erasmus as humanist and theologian. In a new afterword, William H. Gass playfully considers the meaning, or meanings, of folly and offers fresh insights into one of the great books of Western literature.
Praise for the earlier edition:
"An eminently reliable and fully annotated edition based on the Latin text."--Library Journal
"Exciting and brilliant, this is likely to be the definitive translation of The Praise of Folly intoEnglish."--Richard J. Schoeck
 

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User Review  - JVioland - LibraryThing

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. Read full review

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In general, I like to think that there is progress in the arts- that geniuses of a later age are likely to be broader and more engaging than geniuses of an earlier age because they have the example of ... Read full review

Contents

THE PRAISE OF FOLLY
7
ERASMUS LETTER TO MARTIN DORP 1514
139
AN AFTERWORD TO THE PRAISE OF FOLLY
175

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Clarence H. Miller, now emeritus, is Dorothy McBride Orthwein Professor of English Literature at St. Louis University. He served as executive editor of the fifteen-volume Yale Edition of The Complete Works of St. Thomas More and is the translator of More's Utopia, published by Yale University Press. William H. Gass, whose most recent novel is The Tunnel, is one of America's foremost living writers.

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