How to Live Or a Life of Montaigne in One Question and Twenty Attempts at an Answer

ISBN-10: 1590514831

ISBN-13: 9781590514832

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Authors: Sarah Bakewell
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Description: How to get along with people, how to deal with violence, how to adjust to losing someone you love-such questions arise in most people's lives. They are all versions of a bigger question: How do you live? This question obsessed Renaissance writers, none more than Michel Eyquem de Montaigne, considered by many to be the first truly modern individual. He wrote free-roaming explorations of his thoughts and experience, unlike anything written before. More than four hundred years later, Montaigne's honesty and charm still draw people to him. Readers come to him in search of companionship, wisdom, and entertainment -and in search of themselves. Just as they will to this spirited and singular biography.

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List price: $16.95
Publisher: Other Press, LLC
Publication date: 9/20/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 416
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.10" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.166
Language: English

Sarah Bakewell is a curator at the Wellcome Library, London, where she stumbled across this fascinating story. She has written for publications ranging from journals of medical history to Fortean Times; this is her first book.

How to live? Michel de Montaigne in one question and twenty attempts at an answer
How to live? A. Don't worry about death
Hanging by the tip of his lips
How to live? A. Pay attention
Starting to write
Stream of consciousness
How to live? A. Be born
Micheau
The experiment
How to live? A Read a lot, forget most of what you read, and be slow-witted
Reading
Montaigne the slow and forgetful
The young Montaigne in troubled times
How to live? A. Survive love and loss
La Bo�tie: love and tyranny
La Bo�tie: death and mourning
How to live? A. Use little tricks
Little tricks and the art of living
Montaigne in slavery
How to live? A. Question everything
All I know is that I know nothing, and I'm not even sure about that
Animals and demons
A prodigious seduction machine
How to live? A. Keep a private room behind the shop
Going to it with only one buttock
Practical responsibilities
How to live? A. Be convivial; live with others
A gay and sociable wisdom
Openness, mercy, and cruelty
How to live? A. Wake from the sleep of habit
It all depends on your point of view
Noble savages
How to live? A. Live temperately
Raising and lowering the temperature
How to live? A. Guard your humanity
Terror
Hero
How to live? A. Do something no one has done before
Baroque best seller
How to live? A. See the world
Travels
How to live? A. Do a good job, but not too good a job''
Mayor
Moral objections
Missions and assassinations
How to live? A. Philosophize only by accident
Fifteen Englishmen and an Irishman
How to live? A. Reflect on everything; regret nothing
Je ne regrette rien
How to live? A. Give up control
Daughter and disciple
The editing wars
Montaigne remixed and embabooned
How to live? A. Be ordinary and imperfect
Be ordinary
Be imperfect
How to live? A. Let life be its own answer
Not the end
Acknowledgments
Chronology
Notes
Sources
List of Illustrations
Index
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