On Solitude

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Penguin UK, Aug 27, 2009 - Literary Collections - 144 pages
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Blending intellectual speculation with anecdote and personal reflection, the Renaissance thinker and writer Montaigne pioneered the modern essay. This selection contains his idiosyncratic and timeless writings on subjects as varied as the virtues of solitude, the power of the imagination, the pleasures of reading, the importance of sleep and why we sometimes laugh and cry at the same things.

Throughout history, some books have changed the world. They have transformed the way we see ourselves - and each other. They have inspired debate, dissent, war and revolution. They have enlightened, outraged, provoked and comforted. They have enriched lives - and destroyed them. Now Penguin brings you the works of the great thinkers, pioneers, radicals and visionaries whose ideas shook civilization and helped make us who we are.


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His writing is the most engaging I've read. His approach of interspersing his own thoughts with those acclaimed in history is wonderfully entertaining and educational. It reminds me of Indian ... Read full review

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Was Michel de Montaigne's obsession with the writers of antiquity more noble during his day or was it thought of as confounded as someone obsessing over writers of centuries past in a post-uber-modern ... Read full review


On Solitude
On Books
On the Power of the Imagination
On Sadness
On Constancy
On Fear
How Our Mind Tangles Itself Up
On Conscience
On Anger
On Virtue
On Sleep
On the Length of Life
How we Weep and Laugh at the Same Thing

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Born in 1533, 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

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