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The Miller’s Tale

J.B. Trapp, 4 November 1993

Erasmus: His Life, Work and Influence 
by Cornelis Augustijn, translated by J.C. Grayson.
Toronto, 239 pp., £16.25, February 1991, 0 8020 5864 7
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Erasmus: A Critical Biography 
by Léon-E. Halkin, translated by John Tonkin.
Blackwell, 360 pp., £45, December 1992, 0 631 16929 6
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Erasmus, Man of Letters: The Construction of Charisma in Print 
by Lisa Jardine.
Princeton, 278 pp., £19.95, June 1993, 0 691 05700 1
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... and accessible, there are two new books, both translations: an intellectual biography by Cornelis Augustijn, which first appeared in German in 1986; and an assessment by Léon-E. Halkin, translated from the French of 1987. Both authors want us to see Erasmus in the context of his times; both are informative, non-partisan, sympathetic. Each ...

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