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Michel de Montaigne, one of the foremost writers of the French Renaissance and the originator of the genre of the essay, wrote on subjects ranging from friendship to imagination, from language to conscience. This collection includes twenty-two of Montaigne’s essays, including “Of Prognostications,” “Of the Custom of Wearing Clothes,” “Of Pedantry,” and “Of Friendship.”

Throughout Montaigne’s writing, he approaches his subject matter with rationality and skepticism, constantly searching for truth and inquiring into the nature of the human character. Montaigne’s essays have been widely read since their first publication by such great writers as Shakespeare and Ralph Waldo Emerson and continue to resonate for modern audiences. This edition is the translation by Charles Cotton.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Simba | 2/8/2014

    " Human nature never changes- a book written 400 or so years ago had so much relevance, so many similar observations to those of modern life that I would have believed if I'd been told in ignorance that some of the essays were written a year ago. "

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    " so easy to read again and again. if you let him, montaigne will be your buddy for life. this is the great-great-great grandfather of the best blog on life you've read. "

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    " This is still one of the most read and most loved books in France. He is such a person of common sense. "

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    " Read Montaigne - a wise, open-minded, thoughtful, compassionate companion. "

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Author Michel de Montaigne

Michel de Montaigne (Michel Eyquem, Seigneur de Montaigne) was born in 1533, the son and heir of Pierre, Seigneur de Montaigne—two previous children having died soon after birth. He was brought up to speak Latin as his mother tongue and always retained a Latin turn of mind. After studying law, he became counselor to the Parlement of Bordeaux. He married in 1565 and in 1571 retired to his lands at Montaigne, where he devoted himself to reading and reflection and to composing his Essays. He loathed the fanaticism and cruelties of the religious wars of the period. He was elected Mayor of Bordeaux twice, a post he held for four years. He died at Montaigne in 1592 while preparing the final, and richest, edition of his Essays.