Monadnock Valley Press: Michel de Montaigne

The Monadnock Valley Press has republished a number of the many essays by Michel de Montaigne. For the pleasure and edification of the reader, we have provided two translations: one by John Florio (published in 1603 and read soon thereafter by Shakespeare) and the other by Charles Cotton (first published in 1685-6, here in the more modern edition by William Carew Hazlitt, published in 1877). Although the Florio translation is uniformly interesting, it is also written in older English, so it often makes sense to read Cotton first and then venture into Florio.

Book I

Book II

Book III


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