The Praise of Folly: Updated Edition (Princeton Classics #16) (Paperback)

The Praise of Folly: Updated Edition (Princeton Classics #16) By Desiderius Erasmus, Anthony Grafton (Foreword by) Cover Image
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Desiderius Erasmus (1466-1536) was a Dutch humanist, scholar, and social critic, and one of the most important figures of the Renaissance. The Praise of Folly is perhaps his best-known work. Originally written to amuse his friend Sir Thomas More, this satiric celebration of pleasure, youth, and intoxication irreverently pokes fun at the pieties of theologians and the foibles that make us all human, while ultimately reaffirming the value of Christian ideals. No other book displays quite so completely the transition from the medieval to the modern world, and Erasmus's wit, wisdom, and critical spirit have lost none of their timeliness today.

This Princeton Classics edition of The Praise of Folly features a new foreword by Anthony Grafton that provides an essential introduction to this iridescent and enduring masterpiece.

About the Author

Anthony Grafton is the Henry Putnam University Professor of History at Princeton University.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780691165646
ISBN-10: 0691165645
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication Date: June 9th, 2015
Pages: 224
Language: English
Series: Princeton Classics