The Complete Essays

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Penguin Books Limited, Mar 25, 2004 - Literary Collections - 1360 pages
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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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User Review  - Lizzy - Goodreads

"I turn my gaze inward, I fix it there and keep it busy. Everyone looks in front of him; as for me; I look inside me; I have no business but with myself, I take stock of myself, I taste myself… I ... Read full review

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I finished it finally. I said "finally" because this was my reading assignment when I was in elementary school almost 22 years ago. I remember that when I first saw it, I scared to read it since it ... Read full review

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Frank Henderson Stewart
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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.

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