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Montaigne's Career

George Hoffmann


In Montaigne's age hardly anyone made a living through writing. This book examines the practical world in which he and his peers wrote in order to suggest that works like the Essays, for all the status they enjoy today as classics, neither originated in detached pursuits nor flourished as self-contained activities. From where did his wealth come? How did he spend his days at home on the family estate? How did he publish his book? This book follows Montaigne from his wine presses to the printing press, and reveals that he may have expended much more time and effort managing his family's propert ... More

Keywords: Montaigne, French Renaissance, Essays, writing, political career, sixteenth century

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1998 Print ISBN-13: 9780198159629
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198159629.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

George Hoffmann, author
Boston University.