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Product Details

  • Series: Penguin Classics
  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics; Revised edition (May 3, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140446028
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140446029
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #320,088 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Language Notes

Text: English (translation)
Original Language: French

About the Author

M. A. Screech is an emeritus fellow of All Souls College, Oxford. He is recognized as a world authority on the Renaissance and was inducted into the French Legion of Honor for his translation of Montaigne���s Essays.

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25 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Diego Banducci on December 16, 2005
Format: Paperback
Over the years I have kept a copy of the Essays by my favorite reading chair to be enjoyed at random, particularly in the middle of the night when Entropy seems to hold the upper hand. They exercise a remarkable calming effect.

Seduced by the idea of having a complete set of all the Essays, I initially opted for the complete Screech translation, but found it wooden and pedantic. I moved to the Cohen translation, which does not include all of the Essays, but has all of the major ones and is far more enjoyable.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kelly Cooper VINE VOICE on August 11, 2011
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What a wonderful book to have on the bookshelf. It took me about a year and half to read it, as I would leisurely consume an essay or two while between books, or if I was just looking for a pleasant respite from my other reading. Montaigne is every bit as readable, fascinating and wise as the judgment of history has deemed him.
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By Mary Farrell on September 4, 2013
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Worthwhile reading It was a gift to a philosopher friend, and he's enjoying it a great deal. Montaigne is great for older people.
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