The Essays: A Selection

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Penguin, 1993 - 445 strán (strany)
To overcome a crisis of melancholy after the death of his father, Montaigne withdrew to his country estates and began to write. 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 Montaigne 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.
 

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What a wonderful book to have on the bookshelf. It took me about a year and half to read it, as I would leisurely consume an essay or two while between books, or if I was just looking for a pleasant ... Čítať celú recenziu

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If he had a more manageable name, there should be an equivalent to "Shakespearean" for Michel de Montaigne, and the label to refer to essayists of his level. As with Shakespearean, you have to pay ... Čítať celú recenziu

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To the Reader
3
On idleness
9
To philosophize is to learn how to die
17
On educating children
37
That it is madness to judge the true and the false from our
74
Judgements on Gods ordinances must be embarked upon with
93
On prayer
109
On the length of life
120
In defence of Seneca and Plutarch
186
On three good wives
194
On the resemblance of children to their fathers
202
On repenting
232
On three kinds of social intercourse
247
On some lines of Virgil
260
On coaches
330
On the lame
351

On the inconstancy of our actions
124
On drunkenness
132
On conscience
143
On the affection of fathers for their children
148
On cruelty
169
On experience
364
Index
427
Summary of the Symbols 446
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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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