In Praise of Folly (Latin: Moriae Encomium or Stultitiae Laus) is an essay originally written by the great Dutch classicist Desiderius Erasmus while staying in London with Sir Thomas More, who is the subject of a punning reference in its Latin title.
The work is written from the perspective of Folly herself, whose self-praise provides the vehicle for a wide-ranging satire of contemporary society.
Free online texts
Christian Classics Ethereal Library: In Praise of Folly, translated by John Wilson (1688). Multiple formats.
Fordham University Modern History Sourcebook: In Praise of Folly. Single page HTML format.
Gutenberg: In Praise of Folly. Multiple formats.
Internet Archive: In Praise of Folly, translated by John Wilson. Clarendon (1913). Multiple formats.
University of Adelaide: In Praise of Folly, translated by John Wilson. Multiple formats.