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

ISBN-10: 1590514254

ISBN-13: 9781590514252

Edition: 2010

Authors: Sarah Bakewell

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List price: $25.00
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Other Press, LLC
Publication date: 10/19/2010
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 400
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.75" tall
Weight: 1.716
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.

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