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Complete Essays : Montaigne (91 Edition)

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In 1572 Montaigne retired from public life and began the reading and writing which were to develop into "assays" of his thoughts and opinions. Nobody in Western civilization had ever tried to do what Montaigne set out to do. In a vivid, contemporary style he surprises us with entertaining quotations; he moves swiftly from thought to thought, often digressing from an idea only to return to it triumphantly, having caught up with it elsewhere, and in so doing leads the reader along the criss-cross paths of a journey of discovery. Montaigne set out to discover himself. What he discovered instead was the human race.

Review:

"Montaigne is one of the great sages of that modern world which in a sense began with the Renaissance. He is the bridge linking the thought of pagan antiquity and of Christian antiquity with our own....Screech's fine version...must surely serve as the definitive English Montaigne." A. C. Grayling in the Financial Times

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"A superb edition." Nicholas Wollaston in the Observer

Synopsis:

Nobody in Western civilization had ever tried to do what Montaigne set out to do. He moves from thought to thought, often digressing from an idea only to return, having caught up with it elsewhere. In these essays, Montaigne lays out his plan for how a man might wisely live and die.

About the Author

M. A. Screech is an emeritus fellow of All Souls College, Oxford. He is recognized as a world authority on the Renaissance and was inducted into the French Legion of Honor for his translation of Montaigne's Essays.
M. A. Screech is an emeritus fellow of All Souls College, Oxford. He is recognized as a world authority on the Renaissance and was inducted into the French Legion of Honor for his translation of Montaigne's Essays.
M. A. Screech is an emeritus fellow of All Souls College, Oxford. He is recognized as a world authority on the Renaissance and was inducted into the French Legion of Honor for his translation of Montaigne's Essays.

Table of Contents

The Complete Essays Introduction

Note on the Text

The Annotations

Note on the Translation

Explanation of the Symbols

Appendices

To the Reader

Book I

1. We reach the same end by discrepant means

2. On sadness

3. Our emotions get carried away beyond us

4. How the soul discharges its emotions against false objects when lacking real ones

5. Whether the governor of a besieged fortress should go out and parley

6. The hour of parleying is dangerous

7. That our deeds are judged by the intention

8. On idleness

9. On liars

10. On a ready or hesitant delivery

11. On prognostications

12. On constancy

13. Ceremonial at the meeting of kings

14. That the taste of good and evil things depends in large part on the opinion we have of them

15. One is punished for stubbornly defending a fort without good reason

16. On punishing cowardice

17. The doings of certain ambassadors

18. On fear

19. That we should not be deemed happy till after our death

20. To philosophize is to learn how to die

21. On the power of the imagination

22. One man's profit is another man's loss

23. On habit: and on never easily changing a traditional law

24. Same design: differing outcomes

25. On schoolmasters' learning

26. On educating children

27. That it is madness to judge the true and the false from our own capacities

28. On affectionate relationships

29. Nine and twenty sonnets of Estienne de La Boëtie

30. On moderation

31. On the Cannibals

32. Judgements on God's ordinances must be embarked upon with prudence

33. On fleeing from pleasures at the cost of one's life

34. Fortune is often found in Reason's train

35. Something lacking in our civil administrations

36. On the custom of wearing clothing

37. On Cato the Younger

38. How we weep and laugh at the same thing

39. On solitude

40. Reflections upon Cicero

41. On not sharing one's fame

42. On the inequality there is between us

43. On sumptuary laws

44. On sleep

45. On the Battle of Dreux

46. On names

47. On the uncertainty of our judgement

48. On war-horses

49. On ancient customs

50. On Democritus and Heraclitus

51. On the vanity of words

52. On the frugality of the Ancients

53. On one of Caesar's sayings

54. On vain cunning devices

55. On smells

56. On prayer

57. On the length of life

Book II

1. On the inconstancy of our actions

2. On drunkenness

3. A custom of the Isle of Cea

4. "Work can wait till tomorrow"

5. On conscience

6. On practice

7. On rewards for honour

8. On the affection of fathers for their children

9. On the armour of the Parthians

10. On books

11. On cruelty

12. An apology for Raymond Sebond

13. On judging someone else's death

14. How our mind tangles itself up

15. That difficulty increases desire

16. On glory

17. On presumption

18. On giving the lie

19. On freedom of conscience

20. We can savour nothing pure

21. Against indolence

22. On riding "in post"

23. On bad means to a good end

24. On the greatness of Rome

25. On not pretending to be ill

26. On thumbs

27. On cowardice, the mother of cruelty

28. There is a season for everything

29. On virtue

30. On a monster-child

31. On anger

32. In defence of Seneca and Plutarch

33. The tale of Spurina

34. Observations on Julius Caesar's methods of waging war

35. On three good wives

36. On the most excellent of men

37. On the resemblance of children to their fathers

Book III

1. On the useful and the honourable

2. On repenting

3. On three kinds of social intercourse

4. On diversion

5. On some lines of Virgil

6. On coaches

7. On high rank as a disadvantage

8. On the art of conversation

9. On vanity

10. On restraining your will

11. On the lame

12. On physiognomy

13. On experience

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780140446043
Translator:
Screech, M. A.
Author:
Screech, M. A.
Author:
Montaigne, Michel de
Author:
Montaigne, Michel
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Location:
London, England ;
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
European - French
Subject:
Modern - Renaissance Era
Subject:
French essays
Subject:
Montaigne, Michel de
Subject:
History & Surveys - Modern - Renaissance Era
Subject:
History, Criticism, Surveys
Subject:
Translations into english
Subject:
General-General
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Series:
Penguin Classics
Series Volume:
9369
Publication Date:
19930931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
1344
Dimensions:
7.84 x 5.04 x 37 in 2 lb
Age Level:
from 18

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