Montaigne & Melancholy: The Wisdom of the Essays

Montaigne & Melancholy: The Wisdom of the Essays

by M. A. Screech, Marc Fumaroli

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Montaigne (1533-1592), the personification of philosophical calm, had to struggle to become the wise Renaissance humanist we know. His balanced temperament, sanguine and melancholic, promised genius but threatened madness. When he started his Essays, Montaigne was upset by an attack of melancholy humor: He became temperamental and unbalanced. Writing about himself restored the balance but broke an age-old taboo—happily so, for he discovered profound truths about himself and about our human condition. His charm and humor have made his writings widely enjoyed and admired.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780742508637
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 04/28/2000
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.44(h) x 0.62(d)

About the Author

M. A. Screech, Emeritus Fellow of All Souls and Extraordinary Fellow of Wolfson College, Oxford, is a Renaissance scholar of international renown.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Foreword Chapter 2 Preface to the 1983 Edition Chapter 3 Preface to the New Edition Chapter 4 Originality Chapter 5 Genius Chapter 6 Montaigne's Melancholy Chapter 7 From Genius to Madness: Torquato Tasso

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