How To Live a Life of Montaigne is the first full life of Montaigne in English for nearly 50 years, and is not a straight forward biography in the traditional sense. Sarah Bakewell relates the story of his life by way of the questions he posed and the answers he explored. It traces his bizarre upbringing (when he was made to speak only Latin), youthful career and sexual adventures, his travels, and his friendships with the scholar and poet Etienne de La Boetie and with his adopted ‘daughter’, Marie de Gournay.
Judges: “A bold, original and highly enjoyable introduction to Montaigne’s life and work, How to Live combines scholarship, humour and a sense of history.”
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