Montaigne & Melancholy: The Wisdom of the Essays (Paperback)

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

Product Details
ISBN: 9780742508637
ISBN-10: 0742508633
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Publication Date: April 19th, 2000
Pages: 208
Language: English