The Complete Essays

The Complete Essays

By Michel Montaigne & M. A. Screech

  • Release Date : 2004-03-25
  • Genre : Essays
  • FIle Size : 5.33 MB


The Complete Essays Michel de Montaigne was one of the most influential figures of the Renaissance, singlehandedly 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 'essays', inspired by the ideas he found in books from his library and 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. Above all, Montaigne studied himself to find his own inner nature and that of humanity. The Essays are among the most idiosyncratic and personal works in all literature. An insight into a wise Renaissance mind, they continue to engage, enlighten and entertain modern readers.

Born in 1533, Michel de Montaigne studied law and spent a number of years working as a counsellor before devoting his life to reading, writing and reflection. He died in 1586.

Dr M.A. Screech is regarded as the world's greatest authority on Montaigne.


  • PoorLy organized

    By Lilread
    This is a great translation that has not really been adapted to iPad. The table of contents is absolutely impenetrable, it's ridiculous how little the publisher has done to make this a reasonable thing to read on a screen. An absolute shame for such a good translation. Should be fixed immediately.