The Essays: A Selection
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.
What people are saying - Write a review
Review: The Essays: A SelectionUser Review - Cameron - Goodreads
Despite some unevenness in the content and readability of these essays, it is a privilege to live inside Montaigne's mind for a time. He was deeply schooled in the classics and manages to weave an ... Read full review
Review: The Essays: A SelectionUser Review - Ross - Goodreads
Written 400+ years ago but reads like it was from a contemporary writer. Unbelievable how many people have been influenced by him over time. The father of skepticism. From, "Life in itself is neither ... Read full review
On the inconstancy of our actions
On the affection of fathers for their children
In defence of Seneca and Plutarch
On three good wives
On the resemblance of children to their fathers
Rethinking Family-school Relations: A Critique of Parental Involvement in ...
Maria Eulina P. De Carvalho
No preview available - 2001