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Erasmus, Man of Letters


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List of Illustrations vii Preface to the New Paperback Edition ix Acknowledgments xiii Abbreviations xv INTRODUCTION Self-Portrait in Pen and Ink 3 CHAPTER ONE 'A better portrait of Erasmus will his writings show': Fashioning the Figure 27 CHAPTER TWO The In(de)scribable Aura of the Scholar-Saint in His Study: Erasmus's Life and Letters of Saint Jerome 55 CHAPTER THREE Inventing Rudolph Agricola: Recovery and Transmission of the De inventione dialectica 83 CHAPTER FOUR Recovered Manuscripts and Second Edition: Staging the Book with the Castigatores 99 CHAPTER FIVE Reasoning Abundantly: Erasmus, Agricola, and Copia 129 CHAPTER SIX Concentric Circles: Confected Correspondence and the Opus epistolarum Erasmi 147 CONCLUSION 'The name of Erasmus will never perish' 175 Appendices 191 Notes 207 Index 279

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Lisa Jardine is professor of Renaissance studies at University College London, where she is also director of the UCL Centre for Humanities Interdisciplinary Research Projects and the Centre for Editing Lives and Letters.


"Erasmus, Man of Letters may inspire skepticism about Erasmus's alleged sincerity, but it is hard not to feel increased admiration for the energy and ingenuity with which the indefatigable scholar continued to combine so successful a publicity campaign with his countless other literary activities."--Alastair Hamilton, The Times Literary Supplement "Jardine's spirited study exploits the evidence of Erasmus's own statements about himself, direct and oblique, and the estimates of his situation in the great tradition that he influenced others to make... [Her portrait of Erasmus] is taken under a raking light, to show a master of the media [and] a master-builder of a textual persona, of an intellectual genealogy culminating in himself."--J. B. Trapp, London Review of Books "A contribution to the understanding of the modern age. Jardine vividly shows how reading-attentive, critical reading-became a form of 'spiritual education' in the early modern period, and how Erasmus became the pattern for the modern Man of Letters."--Tom D'Evelyn, Bostonia

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