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Description - The Praise of Folly by Desiderius Erasmus

First published in Paris in 1511, "The Praise of Folly" has enjoyed enormous and highly controversial success from the author's lifetime down to our own day. "The Folly" has no 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 translation of "The Praise of Folly", based on the definitive Latin text, seeks to echo 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 the 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.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780300097344
ISBN-10: 0300097344
Format: Paperback
(197mm x 127mm x mm)
Pages: 240
Imprint: Yale University Press
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publish Date: 8-Feb-2003
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Desiderius Erasmus

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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