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The Pocket Oracle and Art of Prudence
     

The Pocket Oracle and Art of Prudence

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by Balthasar Gracian, Jeremy Robbins (Introduction)
 

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A classic on power to stand alongside Machiavelli and Marcus Aurelius.

With aphorisms ranging from "find everyone's weak spot" to "quit whilst fortune is smiling, as all good gamblers do," this engrossing classic of the Spanish Golden Age offers pragmatic, hardheaded, and coldly- calculated advice on how to thrive in a cut-throat world. Its three hundred

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A classic on power to stand alongside Machiavelli and Marcus Aurelius.

With aphorisms ranging from "find everyone's weak spot" to "quit whilst fortune is smiling, as all good gamblers do," this engrossing classic of the Spanish Golden Age offers pragmatic, hardheaded, and coldly- calculated advice on how to thrive in a cut-throat world. Its three hundred maxims were originally written in Spanish more than four hundred years ago and are as applicable to modern life as they are to the dynamics of Spanish Baroque society.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780141442457
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
03/29/2011
Pages:
176
Sales rank:
718,667
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Baltasar Gracián was born in 1601 in Belmonte, Aragon and entered the Society of Jesus in 1619. Teaching in Jesuit colleges across the Kingdom of Aragon, he was also at one time confessor to the viceroy of Aragon and chaplain to the Spanish army. But it is as one of the great Spanish stylists and moralists that he is best known. He wrote a series of short moral tracts marked by their elliptical, epigrammatic style, as well as a three volume allegorical novel, The Critic (1651-57). Published in 1647, The Pocket Oracle and Art of Prudence influenced the vogue for the form in France, and was quickly translated into the major European languages.

Jeremy Robbins is Forbes Professor of Hispanic Studies at the University of Edinburgh. He is the author of numerous studies on Spanish Baroque culture and a General Editor of the Bulletin of Spanish Studies.

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