Although Montaigne achieved a balance that made him a model humanist thinker, his temperament was sanguine-melancholic. Screech reassesses the Essais, showing how Montaigne steered his melancholy into appropriate psychological channels, seeking a balance of body and soul as a means to avoid madness.
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M. A. Screech is an emeritus fellow of All Souls College, Oxford. He is recognized as a world authority on the Renaissance and was inducted into the French Legion of Honor for his translation of Montaignes Essays.Review:
An invaluable literary companion to the essays of Montaigne ... the insights it provides are remarkable. (Anthony Storr Sunday Times)
Original and important. . . . His study will easily fulfil its avowed aim of making Montaigne's Essays more comprehensible and more enjoyable. (James Supple Times Higher Education)
A probing, loving companion to the masterwork. (Nicholas Wollaston Observer)
A sensitive probe into how Montaigne resolved for himself the age-old ambiguities of melancholia and, in doing so, spoke of what he called the 'human condition'. (Roy Porter London Review Of Books)
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