The humanistic, skeptical, perceptive observer of himself and others, Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592), was the first to use the term “essay” to refer to the form he developed, and he is one of his most famous Practitioners remained. He reflected on the great themes of Existence in his wise and engaging writings, his themes ranged from the proper conversation and reading to the education of children and the perseverance of pain, from loneliness, destiny, time and habit, to the truth, consciousness, and death. After surviving the time, his essays quickly influence the writers five hundred years later.
This complete edition of his works also contains Montaigne’s letters and his travel diary, fascinating accounts of the experiences and contemplations that will characterize and inspire his essays. Montaigne always speaks to us in a personal voice in which his virtues of tolerance, moderation, and understanding are dazzlingly manifested.