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Praise of Folly Hardcover – Jul 1979

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  • Hardcover: 141 pages
  • Publisher: Pangloss Pr; Limited edition (July 1979)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0934710015
  • ISBN-13: 978-0934710015
  • Product Dimensions: 24.1 x 15.7 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,864,423 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Exciting and brilliant, this is likely to be the definitive translation of The Praise of Folly into English." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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New translation of one of the greatest literary successes of the Humanistic Age.

Presented here in a new translation which brings out the underlying humour of the original.

Contains additional material which makes this edition unique: one of his lesser-known satirical dialogues, Pope Julius Barred from Heaven, and a selection from his other great work, The Adagia. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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By Robin Friedman TOP 500 REVIEWER on 23 Dec. 2015
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I received the Folio Society edition of Erasmus' "In Praise of Folly" some time ago as a gift which gave me the opportunity to reread the work after a first reading many years ago. The Folio Society edition is lavishly put together in a slipcase, with large print, on quality paper, and with beautiful color illustrations and made a lovely gift. For reading purposes, however, this Penguin edition will do just as well. With the exception of the artwork, it includes the same material as the folio edition -- the introductions, translations, notes, and Erasmus "Letter to Martin Van Dorp". "In Praise of Folly" rewards reading and rereading.

Erasmus (1466 - 1536) wrote the book in 1509 while he was recovering from an illness and revised and expanded the work some years later. He dedicated the work to his friend and fellow-scholar Sir Thomas Moore. The book was translated from the Latin for this edition by Betty Radice (1912 -- 1985) who tutored in philosophy, classics, and English before she became joint editor of Penguin Classics in 1964.

"In Praise of Folly" can be read as a work addressing issues of its time in the Renaissance and Reformation, but the work's significance goes beyond the events of the day. It is a delight to read and still has much to teach.

The work is a satire and a long speech delivered by Folly, the illegitimate daughter of avarice and freshness, in praise of herself and of her pervasive influence on human life. At first, Folly is a satirical figure and the reader and the author aren't meant to like her much. She points out the endless lust, greed, and self-aggrandizement committed under her influence as opposed to the use of reason. Folly talks about the power of sexuality and money-making which are her children.
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