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Praise of Folly (Penguin Classics) (edição: 1994)

de Desiderius Erasmus (Autor), A. H. T. Levi (Editor), Betty Radice (Tradutor), A. H. T. Levi (Introdução)

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Erasmus of Rotterdam (c. 1466-1536) is one of the greatest figures of the Renaissance humanist movement, which abandoned medieval pieties in favour of a rich new vision of the individual's potential. Praise of Folly, written to amuse his friend Sir Thomas More, is Erasmus's best-known work. Its dazzling mixture of fantasy and satire is narrated by a personification of Folly, dressed as a jester, who celebrates youth, pleasure, drunkenness and sexual desire, and goes on to lambast human pretensions, foibles and frailties, to mock theologians and monks and to praise the 'folly' of simple Christian piety. Erasmus's wit, wordplay and wisdom made the book an instant success, but it also attracted what may have been sales-boosting criticism. The Letter to Maarten van Dorp, which is a defence of his ideas and methods, is also included.… (mais)
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Título:Praise of Folly (Penguin Classics)
Autores:Desiderius Erasmus (Autor)
Outros autores:A. H. T. Levi (Editor), Betty Radice (Tradutor), A. H. T. Levi (Introdução)
Informação:Penguin Classics (1994), Edition: Revised ed., 256 pages
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Praise of Folly, and Letter to Maarten van Dorp de Desiderius Erasmus

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I only read the intro, some of the book, and all of the postscript which is a long letter from Erasmus to a friend/critic/detractor explaining his motives for the book. I have no background in rhetoric and of course I have no interest in the historical dealings of the church or religious scholars, but I found the language and use of logic very interesting. ( )
  keithostertag | Jun 26, 2020 |
You know, before I read this, I imagined it was satire.

I couldn't have been more wrong! Indeed, after listening to Dame Folly, goddess extraordinaire, I think I will convert myself wholeheartedly to her teachings.

There has never been a more persuasive tract in literature. Hide thy wisdom, folks! There is no greater treasure than to proclaim just how much folly you possess!


It's especially good for churchmen and writers. The former generally do not know they are being made fun of and the latter can derive a sort of sick satisfaction that they, more than any other breed of fools, exemplify the teachings of Dame Folly.

For who else could go about the rest of their lives putting words down for nothing more than faint praise, outright scorn, and little to no money for their extensive efforts?

Exactly.

:) ( )
  bradleyhorner | Jun 1, 2020 |
'Introduction and notes have been brought up to date ... the translation was revised'--P. [x]. ( )
  caffeinatedbookworm | Aug 12, 2019 |
And what is all this life but a kind of comedy, wherein men walk up and down in one another's disguises and act their respective parts, till the property-man brings them back to the attiring house. And yet he often orders a different dress, and makes him that came but just now off in the robes of a king put on the rags of a beggar.

4.173 stars

Before popping a sleeping pill and chugging a Sam Adams I read most of this as our plane headed east across the Atlantic. Donald Trump and John Whittingdale serve to this text's centrality. I awoke and finished the book on foreign shores with an eye to the hegemonic (possibly the GCHQ?) and a love for our all so human failings. This is a must for all lovers of Rabelais and Burton. The musing does become a bit edged towards theology, but overall it is a delightful skewering of our arrogance, our biological exceptionalism, our humble fate as fuckwits. ( )
  jonfaith | Feb 22, 2019 |
I found this book to be very difficult to read and understand. I have no doubts that Erasmus was brilliant and that I missed his best jokes and allusions, but it needs far more context to read, and the footnotes were not that helpful. ( )
  Velmeran | Jan 26, 2019 |
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Erasmus of Rotterdam (c. 1466-1536) is one of the greatest figures of the Renaissance humanist movement, which abandoned medieval pieties in favour of a rich new vision of the individual's potential. Praise of Folly, written to amuse his friend Sir Thomas More, is Erasmus's best-known work. Its dazzling mixture of fantasy and satire is narrated by a personification of Folly, dressed as a jester, who celebrates youth, pleasure, drunkenness and sexual desire, and goes on to lambast human pretensions, foibles and frailties, to mock theologians and monks and to praise the 'folly' of simple Christian piety. Erasmus's wit, wordplay and wisdom made the book an instant success, but it also attracted what may have been sales-boosting criticism. The Letter to Maarten van Dorp, which is a defence of his ideas and methods, is also included.

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