In 1572, Montaigne retired to his estates in order to devote himself to leisure, reading and reflection. There he wrote his constantly expanding 'essays', inspired by the ideas he found in books from his library and his own experience.
He discusses subjects as diverse as war-horses and cannibals, poetry and politics, sex and religion, love and friendship, ecstasy and experience. Above all, Montaigne studied himself to find his own inner nature and that of humanity. The Essays are among the most idiosyncratic and personal works in all literature. An insight into a wise Renaissance mind, they continue to engage, enlighten and entertain modern readers.
Born in 1533, Michel de Montaigne studied law and spent a number of years working as a counsellor before devoting his life to reading, writing and reflection. He died in 1586.
Dr M.A. Screech is regarded as the world's greatest authority on Montaigne.
* Beautifully illustrated with images relating to Montaigne’s life and works
* Concise introductions to the texts
* All the essays, with an individual contents table
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* Includes Montaigne’s letters
* Special criticism section, with essays evaluating Montaigne’s contribution to literature
* Features a bonus biography - discover Montaigne’s literary life
* Scholarly ordering of texts into chronological order and literary genres
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MONTAIGNE; OR, THE SKEPTIC by Ralph Waldo Emerson
MONTAIGNE AND SHAKSPERE by J. M. Robertson
SHAKSPERE AND MONTAIGNE by Jacob Feis
MONTAIGNE AND NIETZSCHE by Charles Sarolea
SIEUR DE MONTAIGNE by Andrew Lang
MONTAIGNE by Virginia Woolf
THE LIFE OF MONTAIGNE by Charles Cotton
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