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    DescriptionHow to get on well with people, how to deal with violence, how to adjust to losing someone you love? How to live? This question obsessed Renaissance nobleman Michel Eyquem de Montaigne (1533-92), who wrote free-roaming explorations of his thought and experience, unlike anything written before. Into these essays he put whatever was in his head: his tastes in wine and food, his childhood memories, the way his dog's ears twitched when it was dreaming, events in the appalling civil wars raging around him. The Essays was an instant bestseller, and over four hundred years later, readers still come to him in search of companionship, wisdom and entertainment - and in search of themselves. This first full biography of Montaigne in English for nearly fifty years relates the story of his life by way of the questions he posed and the answers he explored.


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    Title
    How to Live
    Subtitle
    A Life of Montaigne in One Question and Twenty Attempts at an Answer
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Sarah Bakewell
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 400
    Width: 130 mm
    Height: 196 mm
    Thickness: 32 mm
    Weight: 240 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780099485155
    ISBN 10: 009948515X
    Classifications

    BIC subject category V2: DSK
    BIC E4L: BIO
    BIC language qualifier (language as subject) V2: 2ADF
    BIC subject category V2: DSBD
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T4.5
    BISAC V2.8: PHI000000
    BIC subject category V2: BGL
    BISAC V2.8: BIO000000
    BIC subject category V2: 2ADF
    DC22: 844.3
    BISAC V2.8: LIT004150
    Illustrations note
    12
    Publisher
    VINTAGE
    Imprint name
    VINTAGE
    Publication date
    07 February 2011
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Sarah Bakewell had a wandering childhood in Europe, Australia and England. After studying at the University of Essex, she was a curator of early printed books at the Wellcome Library before becoming a full-time writer, publishing her highly acclaimed biographies The Smart and The English Dane. She lives in London, where she teaches creative writing at City University and catalogues rare book collections for the National Trust.. www.sarahbakewell.com
    Review quote
    "With this splendidly conceived and exquisitely written double biography - of both Montaigne the man and Montaigne the book - Sarah Bakewell should persuade another generation to fall in love with Montaigne" Sunday Times "How to live is a superb, spirited introduction to the master, and should have its readers rushing straight to the essays themselves" -- Adam Thorpe Guardian "Sarah Bakewell has written a marvellously confident and clear introduction to Montaigne...a rare achievement. Sarah Bakewell deserves congratulations for opening Montaigne to new readers so very appealingly" Evening Standard "Illuminating and humane book... It's rare to come across a biographer who remains so deliciously fond of her subject... How to Live will delight and illuminate" Independent "Bakewell writes with verve. This is an intellectually lively treatment of a Renaissance giant and his world" Daily Telegraph