The Praise of Folly and Other Writings (Norton Critical Editions)

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Besides the celebrated Praise of Folly, Robert M. Adams has included the political "Complaint of Peace," the brutal antipapal satire "Julius Excluded from Heaven," two versions of Erasmus's important preface to the Latin translation of the New Testament, and a selection both serious and comic of his Colloquies and his letters. Adams has made these selections to emphasize the humane, rather than the doctrinaire, side of the first and arguably greatest humanist. Critical commentary is provided in essays by H. R. Trevor-Roper, R. S. Allen, J. Huizinga, Mikhail Bakhtin, Paul Oskar Kristeller, and Robert M. Adams. Also included are a Chronology of Erasmus's life and a Selected Bibliography.

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"Exciting and brilliant, this is likely to be the definitive translation of The Praise of Folly into English."

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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.

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