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Essays

Essays( )
Author: de Montaigne, Michel
Translator: Florio, John
Series title:Great Books in Philosophy Ser.
ISBN:978-1-59102-270-1
Publication Date:Dec 2004
Publisher:Prometheus Books, Publishers
Book Format:Paperback
List Price:USD $13.99
Book Description:

Living at a time of religious strife and the decline of the intellectual optimism that had begun in the Renaissance, Michel Eyquem de Montaigne (1533-1592) expressed in his writings both a deep skepticism about human affairs and a wide-ranging intellectual curiosity reflective of the age. Having witnessed firsthand the bloody armed conflicts, fanaticism, and persecutions that arose out of religious differences between French Catholics and Protestant Huguenots, Montaigne was especially...
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Book Details
Pages:285
Detailed Subjects: Literary Collections / Essays
Physical Dimensions (W X L X H):5.382 x 8.307 x 0.663 Inches
Book Weight:0.774 Pounds
Author Biography
de Montaigne, Michel (Author)
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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