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Unlike Francis Bacon's (1561-1626), Montaigne's essays, written while Bacon was still a boy, are reflexive, personal and eccentric. Both founding fathers of this diffuse genre habitually announce a topic, and then write on it, but where Bacon is terse Montaigne is rambling. Bacon is general, where his predecessor is personal, typified by a comparison of the two men's essays on Solitude and Friendship.
Both men share the need to cite authorities, naturally Greek or Latin, and both enjoy pronouncing moral maxims. `Whosoever is delighted in solitude, is either a wilde beast, or a God,' declares Bacon. Man needs a friend to open his heart to, says Bacon, referring to Caesar and Brutus and others such as Tiberius Caesar who built a temple to friendship.
Montaigne, in Chapter 38 of the Essays, drifts from his alleged topic of Solitude to speak at length of officials who serve themselves rather than the public. He then regales the reader with an account of Albuqurque, Viceroy of the Indies, who rescued a boy in a shipwreck only to save his own skin, using the boy as a shield `that the boy's innocence might serve to protect him.' Whither Solitude? He then proceeds to quote Virgil, Horace and Diogenes Laertius, giving the reader a discourse on reason and prudence, concluding that travel is not the answer to a man's problems, for he always carries them with him: `If a man do not first discharge both himself and his mind of the burden with which he finds himself oppressed, motion will but make it press the harder and sit the heavier, as the lading of a ship is of less encumbrance when fast and bestowed in a settled posture.' All this to say that although it may broaden the mind, a man cannot escape his problems through travel.Read more ›
I re-read the essays about once a year. The best translations for modern readers are by M. A. Screech (Penguin) or Donald Frame (Everyman's Library). Frame has the advantage of including Montaigne's extant letters and travel journals.
Excellent introductions to Montaigne's life and thought can be found in Sarah Bakewell's "How to Live: Or a Life of Montaigne in One Question and Twenty Attempts at an Answer" and Saul Frampton's "When I am playing with my cat, how do I know that she is not playing with me: Montaigne and Being in Touch with Life." Read Bakewell and Frampton before, during, or after reading Montaigne himself.
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Montaigne's "he who fears he shall suffer, already suffers what he fears." Has become one of my personal mottos. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Bernardo A A Gradin
This was a beautiful translation. However, as much of the value of the work can only be appreciated first hand in French, ultimately a futile exercise.Published 16 months ago by AdviceGiver