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The Folio Society

In Praise of Folly, illustrated edition published by The Folio Society

In Praise of Folly is a satire written in the 16th Century by Desiderius Erasmus, the humanist reformer and social critic. It’s a mix of social observation and parody narrated through the persona of ‘Folly’ a jester-like goddess celebrating frivolity, inebriation and self love. Erasmus uses the character of ‘Folly; as a mask from behind which he attacks the social normals of his day. Even at his most biting, Erasmus’ writing is animated by warm and lively wit.

Shown here: Folly of Intellectuals