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The Resource How to live, or, a life of Montaigne : one question and twenty attempts at an answer, Sarah Bakewell

How to live, or, a life of Montaigne : one question and twenty attempts at an answer, Sarah Bakewell

Label
How to live, or, a life of Montaigne : one question and twenty attempts at an answer
Title
How to live, or, a life of Montaigne
Title remainder
one question and twenty attempts at an answer
Statement of responsibility
Sarah Bakewell
Title variation
Life of Montaigne
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
How does one live? How does one do the good or honorable thing, while flourishing and feeling happy? This question obsessed Renaissance writers, none more than Montaigne, perhaps the first truly modern individual. A nobleman, public official and wine-grower, he wrote free-roaming explorations of his thought and experience, unlike anything written before. He called them "essays," meaning "attempts" or "tries." Into them, he put whatever was in his head: his tastes in wine and food, his childhood memories, the way his dog's ears twitched when it was dreaming, as well as the appalling events of the religious civil wars raging around him. The Essays was an instant bestseller and, over four hundred years later, Montaigne's honesty and charm still draw readers. This spirited biography relates the story of his life by way of the questions he posed and the answers he explored.--From publisher description
Summary
Examines the essays of Michel de Montaigne that explored the search for the meaning of life, and profiles the philosopher using the questions he posed and the answers he explored
Writing style
Award
  • Library Journal Best Books, 2010.
  • National Book Critics Circle Award for Biography, 2010.
Awards note
National Book Critics Circle Award for Biography, 2010
Biography type
individual biography
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
379045
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Bakewell, Sarah
Dewey number
  • 848.3
  • B
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
PQ1643
LC item number
.B34 2010
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Montaigne, Michel de
  • Montaigne, Michel de
  • Authors, French
Target audience
adult
Label
How to live, or, a life of Montaigne : one question and twenty attempts at an answer, Sarah Bakewell
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Originally published: London : Chatto & Windus, 2010
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [369]-372) and index
Contents
Q. How to live? Michel de Montaigne in one question and twenty attempts at an answer -- 1. Q. How to live? A. Don't worry about death ; Hanging by the tip of his lips -- 2. Q. How to live? A. Pay attention ; Starting to write ; Stream of consciousness -- 3. Q. How to live? A. Be born ; Micheau ; The experiment -- 4. Q. 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 -- 5. Q. How to live? A. Survive love and loss ; La Boâetie : love and tyranny ; La Boâetie : death and mourning -- 6. Q. How to live? A. Use little tricks ; Little tricks and the art of living ; Montaigne in slavery -- 7. 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 -- 8. Q. How to live? A. Keep a private room behind the shop ; Going to it with only one buttock ; Practical responsibilities -- 9. Q. How to live? A. Be convivial, live with others ; A gay and sociable wisdom ; Openness, mercy and cruelty -- 10. Q. How to live? A. Wake from the sleep of habit ; It all depends on your point of view ; Noble savages -- 11. Q. How to live? A. Live temperately ; Raising and lowering the temperature -- 12. Q. How to live? A. Guard your humanity ; Terror ; Hero -- 13. Q. How to live? A. Do something no one has done before ; Baroque best seller -- 14. Q. How to live? A. See the world ; Travels -- 15. Q. How to live? A. Do a good job, but not too good a job ; Mayor ; Moral objections ; Missions and assassinations -- 16. Q. How to live? A. Philosophize only by accident ; Fifteen Englishmen and an Irishman -- 17. Q. How to live? A. Reflect on everything; regret nothing ; Je ne regrette rien -- 18. Q. How to live? A. Give up control ; Daughter and disciple ; The editing wars ; Montaigne remixed and embabooned -- 19. Q. How to live? A. Be ordinary and imperfect ; Be ordinary ; Be imperfect -- 20. Q. How to live? A. Let life be its own answer ; Not the end
Dimensions
24 cm.
Edition
Other Press ed.
Extent
ix, 389 p.
Isbn
9781590514252
Lccn
2010026896
Other physical details
ill., map
System control number
(OCoLC)670096800
Label
How to live, or, a life of Montaigne : one question and twenty attempts at an answer, Sarah Bakewell
Publication
Note
Originally published: London : Chatto & Windus, 2010
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [369]-372) and index
Contents
Q. How to live? Michel de Montaigne in one question and twenty attempts at an answer -- 1. Q. How to live? A. Don't worry about death ; Hanging by the tip of his lips -- 2. Q. How to live? A. Pay attention ; Starting to write ; Stream of consciousness -- 3. Q. How to live? A. Be born ; Micheau ; The experiment -- 4. Q. 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 -- 5. Q. How to live? A. Survive love and loss ; La Boâetie : love and tyranny ; La Boâetie : death and mourning -- 6. Q. How to live? A. Use little tricks ; Little tricks and the art of living ; Montaigne in slavery -- 7. 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 -- 8. Q. How to live? A. Keep a private room behind the shop ; Going to it with only one buttock ; Practical responsibilities -- 9. Q. How to live? A. Be convivial, live with others ; A gay and sociable wisdom ; Openness, mercy and cruelty -- 10. Q. How to live? A. Wake from the sleep of habit ; It all depends on your point of view ; Noble savages -- 11. Q. How to live? A. Live temperately ; Raising and lowering the temperature -- 12. Q. How to live? A. Guard your humanity ; Terror ; Hero -- 13. Q. How to live? A. Do something no one has done before ; Baroque best seller -- 14. Q. How to live? A. See the world ; Travels -- 15. Q. How to live? A. Do a good job, but not too good a job ; Mayor ; Moral objections ; Missions and assassinations -- 16. Q. How to live? A. Philosophize only by accident ; Fifteen Englishmen and an Irishman -- 17. Q. How to live? A. Reflect on everything; regret nothing ; Je ne regrette rien -- 18. Q. How to live? A. Give up control ; Daughter and disciple ; The editing wars ; Montaigne remixed and embabooned -- 19. Q. How to live? A. Be ordinary and imperfect ; Be ordinary ; Be imperfect -- 20. Q. How to live? A. Let life be its own answer ; Not the end
Dimensions
24 cm.
Edition
Other Press ed.
Extent
ix, 389 p.
Isbn
9781590514252
Lccn
2010026896
Other physical details
ill., map
System control number
(OCoLC)670096800

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