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Fools are Everywhere
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Beatrice K. Otto lives and works in Geneva.

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Mention a court jester, and one pictures a whimsical creature in a belled hat or, perhaps, the ill-fated character in King Lear. Otto's lively, well-researched text proves that there are centuries of other examples and that the jester has a rich tradition worldwide. Recounting stories about jesters from You Zhan of the Qin dynasty (third century B.C.E.) to Gabriel La Mena of 16th-century Spain, Otto defines the many facets of the roleDone who provides amusement, wit, diversion, advice, entertainment, companionship, undying loyalty, and more. Through anecdotes, historical details, analyses, and commentary, Otto brilliantly delineates the court jester, and quotations and illustrations do much to enhance this eminently readable text. She also discusses stage and literature portrayals and draws parallels to modern versions of the character, such as Will Rogers and Groucho Marx. The appendix contains a table of jesters and the courts, dates, and countries with which they were associated. Although intended for a scholarly audience, this is well worth a look by avid readers with an eye for an informative yet uncommon title.DCarol J. Binkowski, Bloomfield, NJ Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

"Through anecdotes, historical details, analyses, and commentary, Otto brilliantly delineates the court jester, and quotations and illustrations do much to enhance this eminently readable text." - Library Journal"

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