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How To Live : Or a Life of Montaigne in One Question and Twenty Attempts At an Answer (10 Edition)

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Winner of the 2010 National Book Critics Circle Award for Biography

How to get along with people, how to deal with violence, how to adjust to losing someone you love—such questions arise in most people’s lives. They are all versions of a bigger question: how do you live? How do you do the good or honorable thing, while flourishing and feeling happy?

This question obsessed Renaissance writers, none more than Michel Eyquem de Monatigne, perhaps the first truly modern individual. A nobleman, public official and wine-grower, he wrote free-roaming explorations of his thought and experience, unlike anything written before. He called them “essays,” meaning “attempts” or “tries.” Into them, he put whatever was in his head: his tastes in wine and food, his childhood memories, the way his dog’s ears twitched when it was dreaming, as well as the appalling events of the religious civil wars raging around him. The Essays was an instant bestseller and, over four hundred years later, Montaigne’s honesty and charm still draw people to him. Readers come in search of companionship, wisdom and entertainment—and in search of themselves.

This book, a spirited and singular biography, relates the story of his life by way of the questions he posed and the answers he explored. It traces his bizarre upbringing, youthful career and sexual adventures, his travels, and his friendships with the scholar and poet Étienne de La Boétie and with his adopted “daughter,” Marie de Gournay. And we also meet his readers—who for centuries have found in Montaigne an inexhaustible source of answers to the haunting question, “how to live?”

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This book, a spirited and singular biography (and the first full life of Michel Eyquen de Montaigne in English for nearly 50 years), relates the story of his life by way of the questions he posed and the answers he explored.

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Daniel Hatch, September 1, 2011 (view all comments by Daniel Hatch)
Sarah Blakewell's life of Montaigne deserves all the accolades (including the National Book Critics Circle Award) that have come its way. Peering into the life of this extraordinary 16th century man is rewarding on many levels. He has much to share with the modern reader; a very human voice that reaches out from over 400 years in the past to reveal that our fears and hopes and lives may not be all that different.
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9781590514252
Subtitle:
Or A Life of Montaigne in One Question and Twenty Attempts at an Answer
Author:
Bakewell, Sarah
Publisher:
Other Press
Subject:
General
Subject:
Philosophers
Subject:
Biography-Philosophers
Publication Date:
20101019
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
400
Dimensions:
9.28 x 6.2 x 1.36 in 1.4375 lb

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