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The Essays of Montaigne. Done into English by John Florio, Anno 1603. Edited with an Introd. By George Saintsbury, Volume 1

By De Montaigne, Michel

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Title: The Essays of Montaigne. Done into English by John Florio, Anno 1603. Edited with an Introd. By George Saintsbury, Volume 1  
Author: De Montaigne, Michel
Language: English
Subject: Literature, Literature & thought, Writing.
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PREFACE: The present publication is intended to supply a recognised deficiency in our literature—a library edition of the Essays of Montaigne. This great French writer deserves to be regarded as a classic, not only in the land of his birth, but in all countries and in all literatures. His Essays, which are at once the most celebrated and the most permanent of his productions, form a magazine out of which such minds as those of Bacon and Shakespeare did not disdain to help themselves; and, indeed, as Hallam observes, the Frenchman's literary importance largely results from the share which his mind had in influencing other minds, coeval and subsequent. But, at the same time, estimating the value and rank of the essayist, we are not to leave out of the account the drawbacks and the circumstances of the period: the imperfect state of education, the comparative scarcity of books, and the limited opportunities of intellectual intercourse. Montaigne freely borrowed of others, and he has found men willing to borrow of him as freely. We need not wonder at the reputation which he with seeming facility achieved. He was, without being aware of it, the leader of a new school in letters and morals. His book was different from all others which were at that date in the world. It diverted the ancient currents of thought into new channels. It told its readers, with unexampled frankness, what its writer's opinion was about men and things, and threw what must have been a strange kind of new light on many matters but darkly understood. Above all, the essayist uncased himself, and made his intellectual and physical organism public property. He took the world into his confidence on all subjects. His essays were a sort of literary anatomy, where we get a diagnosis of the writer's mind, made by himself at different levels and under a large variety of operating influences.

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· PREFACE. · THE LIFE OF MONTAIGNE · THE LETTERS OF MONTAIGNE. · I. To Monsieur de MONTAIGNE · II. To Monseigneur, Monseigneur de MONTAIGNE. · III. To Monsieur, Monsieur de LANSAC, · IV. To Monsieur, Monsieur de MESMES, Lord of Roissy and Malassize, Privy Councillor to the King. · V. To Monsieur, Monsieur de L'HOSPITAL, Chancellor of France · VIII. To Monsieur DUPUY,— · XII. · XIII. To Mademoiselle PAULMIER. · XIV. To the KING, HENRY IV. · XV. To the same. · XVI. To the Governor of Guienne. · THE AUTHOR TO THE READER.—[Omitted by Cotton.]


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