[]
[]
Due to recent system upgrades, "My Reading History" in the Classic Catalog and "Recently Returned" titles from My MCL may take a few days to become available.

How to Live--or--a Life of Montaigne : in One Question and Twenty Attempts at An Answer

Bakewell, Sarah (Book - 2010)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
How to Live--or--a Life of Montaigne : in One Question and Twenty Attempts at An Answer
 Add a Comment  Add Tags

Print

Item Details

Winner of the 2010 National Book Critics Circle Award for Biography How to get along with people, how to deal with violence, how to adjust to losing someone you love--such questions arise in most people's lives. They are all versions of a bigger question: how do you live? How do you do the good or honorable thing, while flourishing and feeling happy? This question obsessed Renaissance writers, none more than Michel Eyquem de Monatigne, perhaps the first truly modern individual. A nobleman, public official and wine-grower, he wrote free-roaming explorations of his thought and experience, unlike anything written before. He called them "essays," meaning "attempts" or "tries." Into them, he put whatever was in his head: his tastes in wine and food, his childhood memories, the way his dog's ears twitched when it was dreaming, as well as the appalling events of the religious civil wars raging around him. The Essays was an instant bestseller and, over four hundred years later, Montaigne's honesty and charm still draw people to him. Readers come in search of companionship, wisdom and entertainment--and in search of themselves. This book, a spirited and singular biography, relates the story of his life by way of the questions he posed and the answers he explored. It traces his bizarre upbringing, youthful career and sexual adventures, his travels, and his friendships with the scholar and poet Étienne de La Boétie and with his adopted "daughter," Marie de Gournay. And we also meet his readers--who for centuries have found in Montaigne an inexhaustible source of answers to the haunting question, "how to live?"
Authors: Bakewell, Sarah
Title: How to live--or--a life of Montaigne : in one question and twenty attempts at an answer
Publisher: New York : Other Press, c2010
Edition: Other Press ed
Characteristics: ix, 389 p. :,ill., map ;,24 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Sarah Bakewell
Notes: Originally published: London : Chatto & Windus, 2010
ISBN: 1590514254
9781590514252
Branch Call Number: B-M761b 2010
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (p. [369]-372) and index
Subject Headings: Authors, French 16th century Biography Montaigne, Michel de, 1533-1592 Philosophy Montaigne, Michel de, 1533-1592
Topical Term: Authors, French
LCCN: 2010026896
MARC Display»

Opinion

Community Activity

Comment

Add a Comment

Aug 02, 2012
  • uncommonreader rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Excellent. An interesting approach to biography. The book led me to Montaigne's essays and what could be a better recommendation for this book.

Age

Add Age Suitability

There are no ages for this title yet.

Summary

Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.

Notices

Add a Notice

There are no notices for this title yet.

Quotes

Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Videos

Add a Video

There are no videos for this title yet.

Find it at MCL

  Loading...

Powered by BiblioCommons.
app09 Version draggan_fix Last updated 2014/11/20 11:49