Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the life and work of Michel de Montaigne. Best known for his influential Essays, Montaigne is regarded as the father of modern sceptical thought.
Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss the Essays of Michel de Montaigne. Born near Bordeaux in 1533, Montaigne retired from a life of public service aged 38 and began to write. He called these short works 'essais', or 'attempts'; they deal with an eclectic range of subjects, from the dauntingly weighty to the apparently trivial. Although he never considered himself a philosopher, he is often now seen as one of the most outstanding Sceptical thinkers of early modern Europe. His approachable style, intelligence and subtle thought have made him one of the most widely admired writers of the Renaissance.
Anniversary Professor of History at York University
Emeritus Professor of French Literature at the University of Oxford
Chancellor's Fellow in History at the University of Edinburgh.
Producer: Thomas Morris.
LINKS AND FURTHER READING
Sarah Bakewell, How to Live: A Life of Montaigne in one question and twenty attempts at an answer (Vintage, 2011)
Peter Burke, Montaigne (Oxford University Press, 1981)
Terence Cave, How to Read Montaigne (Granta Books, 2007)
Hugo Friedrich (trans. Dawn Eng), Montaigne (University of California Press, 1991)
Felicity Green, Montaigne and the Life of Freedom (Cambridge University Press, 2012)
Stephen Greenblatt, Shakespearean Negotiations: The Circulation of Social Energy in Renaissance England (Clarendon Press, 1990)
Ullrich Langer (ed.), The Cambridge Companion to Montaigne (Cambridge University Press, 2005)
Michel de Montaigne (trans. Charles Cotton), Essays of Michel de Montaigne (Mundus Publishing, 1991)
Michel de Montaigne (trans. M. A. Screech), The Complete Essays (Penguin Classics, 1993)
Richard Sayce, The Essays of Montaigne: A Critical Exploration (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1972)
Richard Scholar, Montaigne and the Art of Free-Thinking (Peter Lang, 2010)
M. A. Screech, Montaigne and Melancholy (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2000)
Jean Starobinski, Montaigne in Motion (University of Chicago Press, 2009)
Natalie Zemon Davis, The Return of Martin Guerre (Harvard University Press, 1984)