Desiderius Erasmus: Moriae encomium seu laus stultitiae [The Praise of Folly]

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Desiderius Erasmus’ The Praise of Folly [translation of the original Neolatin title Moriae encomium seu laus stultitiae, 1511] is one of the most enduring works of the Northern Renaissance. A product of the humanist revival of ancient letters, it contributed a delightful piece to the literary fashion of Narrenliteratur (fool’s literature, especially since Sebastian Brant, Das Narrenschiff [The Ship of Fools, 1494]), sounded a clarion call for significant changes in church and society on the eve of the Reformation, and provides valuable insights into the author’s character and the society of the period. …

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Citation:
Hoffmeister, Gerhart. "Moriae encomium seu laus stultitiae". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 14 August 2007
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