Essays

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Taken together, this selection of essays forms an exquisitely drawn portrait that depicts the strength and warmth of Montaigne's personality. And, as J.M. Cohen observes in his introduction, 'One sees, as one reads him, how broad his mind was, and how many of the ideas of the next two centuries he grasped by anticipation.'

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Publisher Penguin Books
Mfg Part# 9780140178975
SKU 30015447
Format Paperback
ISBN10 014017897X
Release Date 4/10/2007
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Dimensions (in Inches) 8H x 5L x 0.75T
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Michel De Montaigne
Best known in his own time as a statesman, Renaissance writer Michel de Montaigne is famous in history for inventing the essay (or "assay" meaning "to test") form. After his retirement from public service, Montaigne devoted himself to writing hundreds of essays inquiring into subjects both great and small, political and personal, esoteric and mundane. He wrote on topics such as cannibalism, clothing, Caesar, cowardice, cunning, and the proper education of children--and those are just the subjects beginning with the letter "C." Montaigne was perhaps the first writer, and certainly the greatest, at using self-reflection and personal knowledge as a starting point for generating luminous truths and aphorisms.
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Editors Note Taken together, this selection of essays forms an exquisitely drawn portrait that depicts the strength and warmth of Montaigne's personality. And, as J.M. Cohen observes in his introduction, 'One sees, as one reads him, how broad his mind was, and how many of the ideas of the next two centuries he grasped by anticipation.'
Annotation Considered the inventor of the essay form (from "assay" meaning "to test"), Renaissance writer Michel de Montaigne wrote scores of short-form pieces contemplating a wide range of subjects including cannibalism, clothing, Caesar, cowardice, cunning, and the proper education of children--and those are just the subjects beginning with the letter "C." Pithy, personal, wise, and wide-ranging, Montaigne's essays remains the gold standard for a man using writing as a tool to understand his own nature.
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Book Format Paperback
Minimum Age 18
Number of Pages 0416
Publisher Penguin Books

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