• Erasmus was writing a letter to Thomas More to dedicate the book to him.
• Erasmus explains that he wrote The Praise of Folly for fun.
• More's family name was similar in meaning to folly and More liked jokes.
• Erasmus defends satire and comedy.
Chapter 1 - 4
• Folly introduces herself.
• Folly claims that she makes people cheerful.
• Folly imitates the Sophists by giving a eulogy, for herself.
• Folly defends herself for praising herself.
• Folly claims that she will speak extemporaneously.
• Folly refuses to give herself a definition.
• Folly states she is recognizable.
• Folly insults rhetoricians.
• Folly is the daughter of Plutus and Youth.
• Folly was born in the Islands of the Blest.
• Drunkenness and Ignorance nursed Folly.
• Folly has several aids.
Chapters 5 - 10
• Folly is divine.
• Folly is found among the youth and the aged.
• Folly influences gods.
• No human could be happy without Folly, and all are influenced...
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