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George Hoffmann

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9780198159629

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198159629.001.0001

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Introduction: The Practice of Writing

Introduction: The Practice of Writing

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(p.1) Introduction: The Practice of Writing
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Montaigne's Career
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George Hoffmann

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198159629.003.0001

This introductory chapter sets out the purpose of the book, which focuses on Montaigne's so-called inactive years. It argues that he may have expended much more time and effort managing his family's property than has been thought; that publishing absorbed further energies in demanding he perform professional tasks such as financing, proofreading, and revising for re-editions; and finally that rather than an alternative to a political career, writing served Montaigne as complement to and perhaps even as integral part of his public success. An overview of the subsequent chapters is presented.

Keywords:   Montaigne, writing, publishing, Essays, political career

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