NOTICE: Citizendium is still being set up on its newer server, treat as a beta for now; please see here for more.
Citizendium - a community developing a quality comprehensive compendium of knowledge, online and free. Click here to join and contribute—free
CZ thanks our previous donors. Donate here. Treasurer's Financial Report -- Thanks to our content contributors. --

Michel de Montaigne

From Citizendium, the Citizens' Compendium
Jump to: navigation, search
This article is a stub and thus not approved.
Main Article
Talk
Related Articles  [?]
Bibliography  [?]
External Links  [?]
Citable Version  [?]
 
This editable Main Article is under development and not meant to be cited; by editing it you can help to improve it towards a future approved, citable version. These unapproved articles are subject to a disclaimer.

Michel Eyquem de Montaigne (1533—1592) was a French essayist, philosopher and politician. Living during the Renaissance period, he is usually considered the originator of the modern essay genre.

Education

His father gave him a tutor to converse with him only in Latin. He had little or no Greek, but was able to read Plutarch in a French translation, on which he drew heavily.

The Essays

He initially withdrew from public life in 1570, and the first edition of his Essais, in two books, appeared in 1580. He divided the work into "chapters", but they were recognized as individual pieces, and the word "essay" came into use for works of this type. He re-emerged into the world, first in a tour of Italy, then as Mayor of Bordeaux, then as someone caught up in the troubles besetting France. The 1588 edition of his work included a third book. He carried out further revisions of his work, which were not published until after his death.