The Complete Essays

The Complete Essays

Book - 1993
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In 1572 Montaigne retired to his estates in order to devote himself to leisure, reading and thinking. There he wrote his constantly expanding 'assays', inspired by ideas he found in the books of his library and his own experience. He discussed subjects as diverse as war-horses and cannibals, poetry and politics, sex and religion, love and friendship, ecstasy and experience. But, above all, Montaigne studied himself as a way of drawing out his own inner nature and that of men and women generally. The Essays are among the most idiosyncratic and personal works in all literature, and provide an engaging insight into a wise Renaissance mind, which continue to give pleasure and enlightenment to modern readers. With its extensive introduction and notes, M. A. Screech's edition of Montaigne is widely regarded as the most distinguished of recent times.
Publisher: London, England ; New York, N.Y., USA : Penguin Books, 1993
ISBN: 9780140446043
Characteristics: 1283 p. ; 20 cm
Additional Contributors: Screech, M. A. (Michael Andrew)


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Feb 03, 2014

This Penquin Classics edition of Montaigne's Essays is superb and stays more true to the original man and his times than any other I've seen.
M.A. Screech is superb and loyal to the manner of thought and speech of Montaigne's time - unlike other translations I've perused which bring the language of the author into modern cadence and kills
the spirit of the whole work.
If you're considering your first foray into Montaigne, please, please choose the
Screech translation. You will
be transported faithfully back to the 16th century and the universality of human experience.


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