... Essayes of Montaigne: Volume 2

D. Stott
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D. Stott
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Dec 31, 1889
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Book 12
 The present publication is intended to supply a recognised deficiency in our literature—a library edition of the Essays of Montaigne. This great French writer deserves to be regarded as a classic, not only in the land of his birth, but in all countries and in all literatures. His Essays, which are at once the most celebrated and the most permanent of his productions, form a magazine out of which such minds as those of Bacon and Shakespeare did not disdain to help themselves; and, indeed, as Hallam observes, the Frenchman's literary importance largely results from the share which his mind had in influencing other minds, coeval and subsequent. But, at the same time, estimating the value and rank of the essayist, we are not to leave out of the account the drawbacks and the circumstances of the period: the imperfect state of education, the comparative scarcity of books, and the limited opportunities of intellectual intercourse. Montaigne freely borrowed of others, and he has found men willing to borrow of him as freely. We need not wonder at the reputation which he with seeming facility achieved. He was, without being aware of it, the leader of a new school in letters and morals. His book was different from all others which were at that date in the world. It diverted the ancient currents of thought into new channels. It told its readers, with unexampled frankness, what its writer's opinion was about men and things, and threw what must have been a strange kind of new light on many matters but darkly understood. Above all, the essayist uncased himself, and made his intellectual and physical organism public property. He took the world into his confidence on all subjects. His essays were a sort of literary anatomy, where we get a diagnosis of the writer's mind, made by himself at different levels and under a large variety of operating influences.Eloquence, rhetorical effect, poetry, were alike remote from his design. He did not write from necessity, scarcely perhaps for fame. But he desired to leave France, nay, and the world, something to be remembered by, something which should tell what kind of a man he was—what he felt, thought, suffered—and he succeeded immeasurably, I apprehend, beyond his expectations.
Book 18
 One of the leading philosophers of the French Renaissance, Michel de Montaigne is famous for his ‘Essais’ (Essays), which established a new literary form, merging casual anecdotes and autobiography with serious intellectual insight. This comprehensive eBook presents Montaigne’s complete works, with numerous illustrations, rare texts appearing in digital print for the first time, informative introductions and the usual Delphi bonus material. (Version 1)


* Beautifully illustrated with images relating to Montaigne’s life and works

* Concise introductions to the texts

* All the essays, with an individual contents table

* Features THE JOURNAL OF MONTAIGNE’S TRAVELS IN ITALY, SWITZERLAND AND GERMANY — first time in digital publishing

* Excellent formatting of the texts

* Easily locate the essays you want to read

* 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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CONTENTS:


The Books

THE JOURNAL OF MONTAIGNE’S TRAVELS IN ITALY BY WAY OF SWITZERLAND AND GERMANY IN 1580 AND 1581

THE ESSAYS

THE LETTERS OF MONTAIGNE


The Criticism

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 Biography

THE LIFE OF MONTAIGNE by Charles Cotton


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