By Knud Haakonssen,Sebastian Olden-Jørgensen
Ludvig Holberg (1684–1754) was once the most important consultant of the Danish-Norwegian Enlightenment and in addition a eu determine of word. He released major works in ordinary legislations and heritage, but in addition an important physique of ethical essays and epistles. He authored a number of enticing autobiographies and ecu travelogues, an important utopian novel that used to be a right away eu succes, attention-grabbing satires that recommended women’s schooling and profession, and a great number of comedies. those comedies secured Holberg’s prestige because the most vital playwright in Scandinavia prior to Ibsen and Strindberg. via his large oeuvre, yet particularly via his performs, Holberg had a decisive impression at the formation of contemporary Danish as a literary language, anything that was once a self-conscious attempt at the a part of a guy who observed himself as an educator of the general public. regardless of his modern effect at domestic and in another country and his ongoing reputation in Scandinavia, he is still little identified within the wider international of enlightenment stories. it's the goal of this quantity to restore Holberg as a huge determine from a minor nook of the Enlightenment international through offering the whole number of his paintings and giving it a eu context.