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

Winner of the 2010 National Book Critics Circle Award for Biography

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.

Sarah Bakewell was a curator of early printed books at the Wellcome Library before becoming a full-time writer, publishing her highly acclaimed biographies The Smart and The English Dane. She lives in London, where she teaches creative writing at City University and catalogs rare book collections for the National Trust.

ISBN: 9781590514832

ISBN-10: 9781590514832

Publisher: Other Press

Publication Date: 09/20/2011 - 12:00am

On Sale: 09/20/2011 - 12:00am

Pages: 416

Language: English

Categories

Biography & Autobiography / Philosophers

Literary Criticism / European / French

Philosophy / History & Surveys