Michel de Montaigne: Essays

Michel de Montaigne: Essays

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In writing these celebrated essays, Montaigne was creating a new literary form in which he put his own views and opinions on trial. In each piece he set out to discover himself by setting down his reactions and responses to different subjects. In this way he could discern how much of his intellectual standpoint was due to nature, and how much to external forces. Against a brilliant range of subjects, including the education of children, friendship, cannibals and the custom of wearing clothes, he shows himself to be frank, objective, amusing and totally without prejudice.

Taken together, this selection of essays forms an exquisitely drawn portrait that depicts the strength and warmth of Montaigne's personality.

ISBN: 9780140178975

Published Date: June 1, 1993

Publisher: Penguin Books

Language: English

Page Count: 406

Size: 7.67" l x 5.05" w x 0.81" h