Campion, Edmund J. Books

Montaigne, Rabelais, and Marot as Readers of Erasmus
1995 0-7734-9029-9
This book explores the relationship between critical reading and creative imitation of the works of Erasmus by Montaigne, Rabelais, and Marot. This study makes judicious use of Erasmus' exegetical writings and his Colloquies in order to demonstrate how specific religious, ethical, and moral problems were treated in remarkably similar ways by Erasmus, Montaigne, Rabelais, and Marot. In addition to introductory and concluding chapters, the work contains three chapters which explore the creative imitation of Erasmus' work by these three writers. It contains numerous original interpretations which will enrich our understanding of the these writers, and will appeal to scholars interested in French and neo-Latin literatures and also to those interested in Renaissance philosophy and theology.