The Art of Worldly Wisdom (Paperback)

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This perennially popular book of advice on how to achieve personal and professional success is valued for its timeless insights on how to make one's way in the world. Written in the seventeenth century by a Spanish Jesuit scholar, these teachings are strikingly modern in tone and address universal concerns such as friendship, morality, managing emotions, and effective leadership. "The Art of Worldly Wisdom "is for anyone seeking to combine ethical behavior with worldly success.
This edition of "The Art of Worldly Wisdom "includes an informative introduction by Willis Barnstone, Distinguished Professor of Spanish and Comparative Literature at Indiana University. Barnstone, a noted translator, critic, and poet, explores GraciAn's background and places him within his historical and literary context.

About the Author

Baltasar Gracian y Morales est un ecrivain et essayiste jesuite ne le 8 janvier 1601 a Belmonte del Rio Perejil (Belmonte de Gracian, pres de Calatayud) en Espagne et mort le 6 decembre 1658 a Tarazona, pres de Saragosse. Ordonne pretre en 1627, il rejoint la compagnie de Jesus en 1633, prononca ses veux en 1635 et embrassa une carriere d'enseignant dans les ecoles de la Compagnie. En 1640, il devint confesseur de Francesco Maria Carafa, duc de Nocera, vice-roi d'Aragon, ce qui lui ouvrit les portes de la cour de Philippe IV, roi d'Espagne. En 1646, il fut l'aumonier de l'armee d'Espagne lorsque celle-ci reprit Lerida aux troupes du comte d'Harcourt. Ses qualites de predicateur lui valurent le poste de recteur de la compagnie de Jesus a Tarragone. Il publia de nombreux ouvrages sans se soucier de l'avis de ses superieur, ce qui lui finit par lui valoir d'etre sanctionne, exile a Graus en 1657, et mis en penitence (au pain et a l'eau). Il mourut rapidement de la severite de ce regime. Les uvres les plus connues de Baltasar Gracian sont: -Le heros -L'homme de cour -L'homme universel -Le Criticon -L'art de la prudence -Le Politique Dom Ferdinand le Catholique -Art et figures de l'esprit.

Willis Barnstone, born in Lewiston, Maine, and educated at Bowdoin, the Sorbonne, Columbia and Yale, taught in Greece at end of civil war (1949-51), in Buenos Aires during the Dirty War, and in China during Cultural Revolution, where he was later a Fulbright Professor in Beijing (1984-85). Former O'Connor Professor of Greek at Colgate University, he is Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Comparative Literature at Indiana University. A Guggenheim fellow, he has received the NEA, NEH, Emily Dickinson Award of the PSA, Auden Award of NY Council on the Arts, Midland Authors Award, four Book of the Month selections, four Pulitzer nominations, and Lanner Poetry Award for BORDER OF A DREAM: THE POEMS OF ANTONIO MACHADO (Copper Canyon). His work has appeared in APR, Harper's, NYRB, Paris Review, Poetry, and the New Yorker. Author of seventy books, recent volumes are Poetics of Translation (Yale, 1995), The Gnostic Bible (Shambhala, 2003), Life Watch (BOA, 2003), BORDER OF A DREAM: SELECTED POEMS OF ANTONIO MACHADO (2004), Restored New Testament (Norton, 2009), Stickball on 88th Street (Red Hen Press, 2011), Dawn Cafe in Paris (Sheep Meadow, 2011), The Poems of Jesus Christ (Norton, 2012), ABC of Translation (Black Widow Press, 2013), Borges at Eighty (New Directions Press, 2013), and MOONBOOK AND SUNBOOK: POEMS (Tupelo Press, 2014).

Praise For…

"Absolutely unique . . . a book made for constant use—a companion for life."—Arthur Schopenhauer

"Europe has never produced anything finer or more complicated in matters of moral subtlety."—Friedrich Nietzsche

Product Details
ISBN: 9781570627453
ISBN-10: 1570627452
Publisher: Shambhala
Publication Date: October 10th, 2000
Pages: 160
Language: English
Series: Shambhala Classics