The Essayes Or Counsels, Civill and Morall

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Clarendon Press, 1985 - Literary Criticism - 339 pages
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Bacon's essays reflect the experience and wide reading of a Renaissance man - philosopher, historian, judge, politician, adviser to the Prince - above all, astute observer of human nature. With uncompromising candour, he exposes man as he is, not as he ought to be, examining such givens of Renaissance power as negotiating for position, expediting a personal suit, speaking effectively, and the role of dissimulation in social and political situations. He scrutinizes judicial prerogatives and probes the causes and dangers of atheism and superstition. Even such topics as boldness or love or deformity have a practical bent. In Bacon's own phrase, these essays 'come home to Mens Businesse and Bosomes.' It is especially through their matchless style that they come home-with imaginative vigour, concrete language, and the colloquial force of individual sentences. An introduction places the essays in their original context, examines their evolution over Bacon's lifetime, and elucidatestheir form and prose style; a commentary examines his sources and relates essays to his other writings; a glossary and index are also included.
 

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Contents

REFERENCES ABBREVIATIONS AND SYMBOLS
xiii
GENERAL INTRODUCTION
xix
TEXTUAL INTRODUCTION
liii
COMPARATIVE TABLE OF THE ESSAYES
cxvi
COMMENTARY
179
APPENDIX
316
INDEX TO THE ESSAYES
328
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Michael Kiernan is Associate Professor of English, Pennsylvania State University and editor of The Advancement of Learning published as Volume IV of OFB, 2000.

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