Criticism of literacy  

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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel

Criticism of literacy is to be found at the beginning of Early modern Europe, most vociferously by the Italian Dominican friar Filippo di Strata when he said that "The pen is a virgin; the printing press, a whore."

Criticism is also voiced in Moliere's play The School for Wives, which wants the protagonist to be able to read; in the figure of Jack Cade in Shakespeare's Henry VI, Part 2 who is against writing as an instrument of suppression of the lower classes; and in Lope de Vega's play Fuente Ovejuna.

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