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The complete Essays

Michel de Montaigne (Author), M. A. Screech (Translator, Editor, Writer of introduction)
Michel de Montaigne was one of the most influential figures of the Renaissance, responsible for popularising the essay as a literary form. In 1572 Montaigne retired to his estates in order to devote himself to leisure, reading and reflection. There he wrote his constantly expanding 'assays', inspired by the ideas he found in books contained in his library and from 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. But, above all, Montaigne studied himself as a way of drawing out his own inner nature and that of men and women in general
Print Book, English, 2003
Penguin Books, London, England, 2003