The Complete Essays

The Complete Essays

Paperback Penguin Classics

By (author) Michel Eyquem De Montaigne, Translated by M. A. Screech

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  • Format: Paperback | 1360 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 196mm x 61mm | 930g
  • Publication date: 7 September 1993
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0140446044
  • ISBN 13: 9780140446043
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Illustrations note: index
  • Sales rank: 12,892

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In 1572, Montaigne retired to his estates in order to devote himself to leisure, reading and reflection. There he wrote his constantly expanding 'essays', inspired by the ideas he found in books from his library and his own experience. He discusses subjects as diverse as war-horses and cannibals, poetry and politics, sex and religion, love and friendship, ecstasy and experience. Above all, Montaigne studied himself to find his own inner nature and that of humanity. The Essays are among the most idiosyncratic and personal works in all literature. An insight into a wise Renaissance mind, they continue to engage, enlighten and entertain modern readers.

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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.