A Selection A Selection
By (author) Michel Eyquem de Montaigne
Introduction by M. A. Screech
Edited by M. A. Screech
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Essays by Michel Eyquem de Montaigne
Book DescriptionA survey of one of the giants of Renaissance thought, The Essays: A Selection collects some of Michel de Montaigne's most startling and original works, translated from the French and edited with an introduction and notes by M.A. Screech in Penguin Classics. To overcome a crisis of melancholy after the death of his father, Montaigne withdrew to his country estates and began to write, and in the highly original essays that resulted he discussed themes such as fathers and children, conscience and cowardice, coaches and cannibals, and, above all, himself. On Some Lines of Virgil opens out into a frank discussion of sexuality and makes a revolutionary case for the equality of the sexes. In On Experience he superbly propounds his thoughts on the right way to live, while other essays touch on issues of an age struggling with religious and intellectual strife, with France torn apart by civil war. These diverse subjects are united by Montaigne's distinctive voice - that of a tolerant man, sceptical, humane, often humorous and utterly honest in his pursuit of the truth. M.A. Screech's distinguished translation fully retains the light-hearted and inquiring nature of the essays. In his introduction, he examines Montaigne's life and times, and the remarkable self-portrait that emerges from his works. Michel de Montaigne (1533-1586) studied law and spent a number of years working as a counsellor before devoting his life to reading, writing and reflection. If you enjoyed The Essays: A Selection, you might like Francis Bacon's The Essays, also available in Penguin Classics.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780140446029
(198mm x 129mm x 21mm)
Imprint: Penguin Classics
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Publish Date: 26-Aug-1993
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Shakespeare's Montaigne, Paperback (June 2014)
This new edition of this seminal work, edited by Stephen Greenblatt and Peter G. Platt, features an adroitly modernized text, an essay in which Greenblatt discusses both the resemblances and real tensions between Montaigne's and Shakespeare's visions of the world, and Platt's introduction to the life and times of the extraordinary Florio.
Five Essays, Paperback (January 2013)
Originally published in 1922, this volume contains five of John Florio's renowned English translations of Montaigne's essays.
Montaigne: Selected Essays, Paperback (March 2012)» View all books by Michel Eyquem de Montaigne
8 masterly essays by great French thinker: "Of Friendship," "Of Books," "Of Cruelty," "Of Repentance," four more. Classic Charles Cotton translation.
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Author Biography - Michel Eyquem de Montaigne
Born in 1533, 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.
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