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Manufacturer: Penguin Classics
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Author(s): Michel de Montaigne

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Product Description:
Binding: Paperback
Brand: imusti
EAN: 9780140446029
Edition: Reprint
Feature: Penguin Classics
ISBN: 0140446028
Item Dimensions: Array
Label: Penguin Classics
Languages: Array
Manufacturer: Penguin Classics
Number Of Items: 1
Number Of Pages: 480
Publication Date: 1994-05-03
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Release Date: 1994-05-03
Studio: Penguin Classics
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Editorial Review:
A 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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