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Desiderius Erasmus (1466 1536)

Lifespan: 1400s - 1500s

Related: literature - Dutch art

In Praise of Folly (1509|1511) - Desiderius Erasmus [Amazon.com] [FR] [DE] [UK]

Biography

Desiderius Erasmus Roterodamus (also Desiderius Erasmus of Rotterdam) (October 27, probably 1466 July 12, 1536) was a Dutch humanist and theologian. Erasmus was a classical scholar who wrote in a "pure" Latin style. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Desiderius_Erasmus [Sept 2006]

In Praise of Folly (1509|1511) - Desiderius Erasmus

Product Description:
Witty, influential work by one of the greatest scholars of the Renaissance satirizes the shortcomings of the upper classes and religious institutions. Required reading for humanities classes, this literary gem is ripe with vignettes and caricatures--with Folly, a metaphor for stupidity, the centerpiece. Unabridged republication of the John Wilson translation. --via Amazon.com

The Praise of Folly (Latin title: Moriae Encomium, sometimes translated as In Praise of Folly, Dutch title: Lof der Zotheid) is an essay written in 1509 by Erasmus of Rotterdam (1466-1536) and first printed in 1511. Erasmus revised and extended the work, which he originally wrote in the space of a week while sojourning with Sir Thomas More at More's estate in Bucklersbury. The Praise of Folly is considered one of the most influential works of literature in Western civilization and one of the catalysts of the Reformation. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Praise_of_Folly [Feb 2005]

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