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.

WORKS

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

REFERENCES

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