The Complete Essays (unabridged)

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Michel de Montaigne

The Complete Essays

Read by Peter Wickham


In 1572, Montaigne – nobleman, humanist, and thoroughly Renaissance man – retired to the seclusion of his estate in the Dordogne and started to write. From his pen poured a stream of ‘essays’ – attempts to capture the observations that came to him on an idiosyncratic range of subjects, from ancient customs, cannibals and books to thumbs, war-horses and the wearing of clothes. He made the study of himself the starting point for investigations into how to live, and wrote with a startlingly modern candour about love, grief, friendship, sex and death. His voice, by turns lively, curious, digressive, ironic and moving, is utterly captivating. The Essays feel less like a work of literature and more like an ongoing conversation with a very well-informed friend.

  • Running Time: 53 h 12 m

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    Digital ISBN:978-1-78198-353-9
    Cat. no.:NA0491
    Edited by:Andrew Young, Viva Voce Audio
    Translated by:Translated by Charles Cotton; edited by William Carew Hazlitt; updated by Sophia Wickham
    Released:October 21
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