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The Complete Works: Essays, Travel Journal, Letters (Everyman's Library Classics) [Hardcover]

Michel De Montaigne , Donald M. Frame
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3 April 2003 Everyman's Library Classics


Humanist, skeptic, acute observer of himself and others, Michel de Montaigne (1533—92) was the first to use the term “essay” to refer to the form he pioneered, and he has remained one of its most famous practitioners. He reflected on the great themes of existence in his wise and engaging writings, his subjects ranging from proper conversation and good reading, to the raising of children and the endurance of pain, from solitude, destiny, time, and custom, to truth, consciousness, and death. Having stood the test of time, his essays continue to influence writers nearly five hundred years later.


Also included in this complete edition of his works are Montaigne’s letters and his travel journal, fascinating records of the experiences and contemplations that would shape and infuse his essays. Montaigne speaks to us always in a personal voice in which his virtues of tolerance, moderation, and understanding are dazzlingly manifest.


Donald M. Frame’s masterful translation is widely acknowledged to be the classic English version.

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--This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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  • Hardcover: 1376 pages
  • Publisher: Everyman (3 April 2003)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 185715259X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1857152593
  • Product Dimensions: 14.4 x 21.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 40,308 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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47 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent translation 14 Jan 2009
This review is intended as a counterbalance to the featured 2-star one, as it seems to me that this edition is unfairly disparaged by that earlier reviewer simply because it contains American spellings. Montaigne pleads for tolerance: `every man calls barbarous anything he is not accustomed to; it is indeed the case that we have no other criterion of truth or right-reason than the example and form of the opinion and customs of our own country' (*Essays*, I, 31). Both this translation and Michael Screech's are superlative and would be excellent choices. Buy them both!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Badly needs an index 6 Aug 2012
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Irrespective of the translation, which seems a topic that divides opinion, this is a vast book - 1,336 pages - and badly let down by the total lack of an index. Since Montaigne is famously apt to throw in asides and comments on all sort of topics during the course of a single essay, the title of the essay alone is woefully inadequate to locate remembered passages and topics.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Value for Money, but at a price. 27 Nov 2013
Let me qualify what I am about to say, firstly by laying aside any real objections to why you should not buy this. The bottom line is, that this is an excellent edition with sturdy binding in an aesthetically pleasing cover. As are all Everymans' editions, I find little to fault with them.
That said, one of the key peculiarities and fascinations of Montaigne's writings are the quotations which are peppered across his whole canon. Depending on your inquisitiveness or academic purity, I find that the one real issue in this edition is the translation then omission of the original ancient quotations (mostly Latin.)
This for me, removes something of the soul from Montaigne's work, and is an essential feature that has been discarded in this translation. The English equivalents are there but, the aesthetic quality is lost.

Yes, I am coming across as rather purist here, but I thought you should know before buying. An index would be nice too.

Returning to my opening remarks, you will find it still a great read, but it might be better.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating 10 Feb 2014
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Well written, comprehensive, every one should have a balanced knowledge of religion, its roots, its place in the world, before they judge others and their religion.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Montaigne 6 Aug 2013
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The book is full of magical gems, snippets of information and not just meaningless soundbites. Rather heavy though - perhaps this is one book that is better read on kindle.
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