The Art of Worldly Wisdom (Shambhala Classics) (Paperback)

The Art of Worldly Wisdom (Shambhala Classics) By Baltasar Gracian, Willis Barnstone (Introduction by), Joseph Jacobs (Translated by) Cover Image
By Baltasar Gracian, Willis Barnstone (Introduction by), Joseph Jacobs (Translated by)
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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 Gracián's background and places him within his historical and literary context.

About the Author

Baltasar Gracián was an aphorist, imaginary biographer, and novelist, who published studies of ideal figures and handbooks on the arts of rhetoric and comportment. His books include The Hero, Shrewdness and the Art of the Artist, The Art of Worldly Wisdom, and The Master Critic. Many high officials felt attacked by the controversial and critical works of this Jesuit priest-professor. Gracián refused to be censored, and was eventually confined to solitary house arrest, where he died.

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