Michel de Montaigne

Michel de Montaigne

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Michel de Montaigne

Michel de Montaigne

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The study of Montaigne during the nineteenth century falls into three periods. The somewhat barren period of the Eulogies (Éloges), in the earlier years of the century, was succeeded by a period of research; documents were discovered; the facts of Montaigne's life were carefully investigated; and the great collection of Dr. Payen, now preserved in the Bibliothèque Nationale, was brought together. Finally, with further research, directed especially to ascertaining the text of the Essays (Essais) (1580-1588-1595) in its various forms, came the period when results were co-ordinated. In this third period the name of M. Bonnefon is of high distinction. No one can write on Montaigne without being his debtor. I desire here to acknowledge my own debt to many of my predecessors, and in particular to M. Bonnefon. But M. Bonnefon was able to assume an acquaintance with the Essays on the part of his readers which I have not assumed in those for whom I write; and accordingly I have had to proportion the parts of this book on a principle different from that which guided Montaigne's French biographer.

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