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Erasmus on Literature

His ‘Ratio’ or ‘System’ of 1518–1519

Series: Erasmus Studies
Edited by: Mark Vessey
Translated by: Robert D. Sider
Foreword by: Anthony Grafton

Written more than half a century before Sir Philip Sidney’s well-known Apology for Poetry, Erasmus’ Ratio or ‘System’ is an almost lost masterpiece of Renaissance literary theory and interpretive practice, now available for the first time in English in a convenient student edition.

Author Information


Anthony Grafton is Henry Putnam University Professor of History at Princeton University.

Mark Vessey is Principal of Green College and Professor of English Literature at the University of British Columbia.
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Robert D. Sider is General Editor of the New Testament Scholarship for the Collected Works of Erasmus.

Audience: College/higher education;Professional and scholarly;