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Autobiography of Montaigne

Autobiography of Montaigne( )
Author: de Montaigne, Michel
Lowenthal, Marvin
Selected by: Lowenthal, Marvin
Translator: Lowenthal, Marvin
Editor: Lowenthal, Marvin
Series title:Nonpareil Bks.
ISBN:978-1-56792-098-7
Publication Date:May 1999
Publisher:David R. Godine Publisher
Book Format:Paperback
List Price:USD $17.95
Book Details
Pages:292
Detailed Subjects: Literary Criticism / European / French
Physical Dimensions (W X L X H):5.39 x 8.18 x 1.18 Inches
Book Weight:1.296 Pounds
Author Biography
de Montaigne, Michel (Author)
Michel de Montaigne was born in Chateau de Montaigne, near Bordeaux, France, on February 28, 1533. He received his early education at the College de Guyenne in Bordeaux and studied law at Bordeaux and Toulouse, becoming a counselor of the Court des Aides of Perigueaux, the Bordeaux Parliament and, in 1561, at the court of Charles IX. In 1565, Montaigne married Francoise de la Chassaigne. They raised one daughter, with four other children dying in infancy. He lived the life as a country gentleman and traveled extensively through Switzerland, Germany, and Italy. Montaigne was a moderate Roman Catholic and an advocate of toleration, acting as an intermediary between Henry of Navarre and the court party. As a result, in 1588, he was arrested by members of the Protestant League and thrown into the Bastille for several hours. His work Essais established the essay as a new literary form and influenced both French and English writers; it was quoted by William Shakespeare and imitated by Francis Bacon.

Michel de Montaigne died on September 13, 1592 at his chateau in France.

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