Montaignes Career

Hardcover | November 1, 1998

byGeorge Hoffmann

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In Montaigne's age hardly anyone made a living through writing. This book examines the practical world in which he and his peers wrote in order to suggest that works like the Essays, for all the status they enjoy today as classics, neither originated in detached pursuits nor flourished asself-contained activities. From where did his wealth come? How did he spend his days at home on the family estate? How did he publish his book? Following Montaigne from his wine presses to the printing press reveals that he may have expended much more time and effort managing his family's propertythan has been thought, that publishing demanded he perform professional tasks such as financing, proofreading, and revising for his publisher, and finally that rather than an alternative to a political career, writing may have played an integral role in his political ambitions.

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In Montaigne's age hardly anyone made a living through writing. This book examines the practical world in which he and his peers wrote in order to suggest that works like the Essays, for all the status they enjoy today as classics, neither originated in detached pursuits nor flourished asself-contained activities. From where did his we...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:202 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.79 inPublished:November 1, 1998Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198159625

ISBN - 13:9780198159629

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List of IllustrationsNote on Editions and AbbreviationsIntroduction: The Practice of Writing1. Working at Home2. The Company of Secretaries3. Wagering on Publication4. The Art of Proofreading5. The Montaigne Monopoly6. Books and Careers: A ConclusionNotesBibliographyIndex

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`a pleasure to read ... George Hoffmann's style is bright and breezy. His arguments are presented in a clear, engaging, almost suspenseful way.'Ullrich Langer, Modern Philology