Sebastian Brant

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Brant, Sebastian


Born circa 1458 in Strasbourg; died May 10, 1521, in Strasbourg. German writer-humanist. Doctor of law.

In 1494, Brant published a book of verse satires, Ship of Fools, in which he exposed “knights” who earned their living through robbery, usurers who ruined poor people, dishonorable rulers, and self-interested members of the clergy. Brant’s satire was successful even in his own life. In 1877 the book was translated into modern German.


Das Narrenschiff. Berlin, 1958.
In Russian translation:
Korabl’ durakov. Moscow, 1965. (Introduction by B. I. Purishev.)


Purishev, B. I. Ocherki nemetskoi literatury XV-XVII vv. Moscow, 1955.
Zeydel, E. H. Sebastian Brant. New York [1967]. (Bibliography, pp. 157–62.)