Thursday, October 29, 2009

Essay: "To the Reader." Montaigne.

One-minute review: Wrote the essays so his relatives and friends can remember him as a person. The subject of his essays is himself.

Quote: “I intended it solely for the solace of my kinsfolk and friends: that, when they have lost me (as they must do before long), they may recover in it [his book of essays] some lines of my character and humors, and by this means more fully and vividly cherish me in their memory.”

Quote: So, reader, I am myself the subject of my book: it is not reasonable to expect you to waste your leisure on a matter so frivolous and empty.”

Great Essays. Ed. Houston Peterson. New York: Pocket Books, Inc. 1954.

What is an essay? “They are all prefaces. A preface is nothing but a talk with the reader; and they [essays] do nothing else.” Charles Lamb.

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