The Autobiography of Michel de Montaigne: Comprising the Life of the Wisest Man of His Times : His Childhood, Youth, and Prime : His Adventures in Love and Marriage, at Court, and in Office, War, Revolution, and Plague : His Travels at Home and Abroad : His Habits, Tastes, Whims, and Opinions

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David R. Godine Publisher, 1999 - Biography & Autobiography - 328 pages
Selections from Montaigne's essays are arranged to form a sort of autobiography
 

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One of the attractions of Montaigne is his accidentalism or his acceptance of distraction. He seems to write about whatever crosses his field. So this "autobiography" would seem to be an ill-advised ... Read full review

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Editor Lowenthal sawed through the philosopher's entire canon to whittle this more manageable portrait of Montaigne's life, which was released in 1935. While telling his own story, Montaigne also waxes on religion, law, and travel, among numerous other subjects. Read full review

Contents

The Man and His World
xiii
The Best Father That Ever Was I
4
My Peculiar Education
12
A Friend I Cannot Find Again
30
This Discreet Business of Marriage
59
The Servitude of Courts
79
My House on The Hill
90
Concerning My Cashbox
99
Why I Paint My Own Portrait
132
About My Physical Makeup
139
What Do I Know?
194
Professors and The Sciences
200
Over the Ears in Law
209
My Religion
219
Gravel and the Doctors
227
Assailed by the Plague
298

My Library in the Tower
107
The Days When I Read
109
What I Find in My Essays
121
My Philosophy of Life
310
The Death of Montaigne
320
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About the author (1999)

Michel de Montaigne was born in Chateau de Montaigne, near Bordeaux, France, on February 28, 1533. He received his early education at the College de Guyenne in Bordeaux and studied law at Bordeaux and Toulouse, becoming a counselor of the Court des Aides of Perigueaux, the Bordeaux Parliament and, in 1561, at the court of Charles IX. In 1565, Montaigne married Francoise de la Chassaigne. They raised one daughter, with four other children dying in infancy. He lived the life as a country gentleman and traveled extensively through Switzerland, Germany, and Italy. Montaigne was a moderate Roman Catholic and an advocate of toleration, acting as an intermediary between Henry of Navarre and the court party. As a result, in 1588, he was arrested by members of the Protestant League and thrown into the Bastille for several hours. His work Essais established the essay as a new literary form and influenced both French and English writers; it was quoted by William Shakespeare and imitated by Francis Bacon. Michel de Montaigne died on September 13, 1592 at his chateau in France.

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