BRIAN DOYLE, JERALD WALKER, ROBERT ATWAN, LIA PURPURA, LISA M. FERREIRA, VIVIAN GORNICK, E. J. LEVY, STEVEN CHURCH, LINA M. FERREIRA, ROBIN HEMLEY, PATRICK MADDEN, ELENA PASSARELLO, AMY LEE SCOTT, MARY CAPPELLO, DANIELLE CADENA DEULEN, DAVID LAZAR, SHANNON LAKANEN, BRET LOTT, JUDITH ORTIZ COFER, DESIRAE MATHERLY, MAGGIE NELSON, KRISTEN RADTKE, PHILLIP LOPATE, NICOLE WALKER, CHRIS ARTHUR, BARRIE JEAN BORICH, WAYNE KOESTENBAUM, JOSé ORDUñA, MARCIA ALDRICH
After Montaigne
Writers of the modern essay can trace their chosen genre all the way back to Michel de Montaigne (1533–92). But save for the recent notable best seller How to Live: A Life of Montaigne by Sarah Bakewell, Montaigne is largely ignored. After Montaigne—a collection of twenty-four new personal essays intended as tribute—aims to correct this collective lapse of memory and introduce modern readers and writers to their stylistic forebear. Though it’s been over four hundred years since he began writing his essays, Montaigne’s writing is still fresh, and his use of the form as a means of self-exploration in the world around him reads as innovative—even by modern standards. He is, simply put, the writer to whom all essayists are indebted. Each contributor has chosen one of Montaigne’s 107 essays and has written his/her own essay of the same title and on the same theme, using a quote from Montaigne’s essay as an epigraph. The overall effect is akin to a covers album, with each writer offering his or her own interpretation and stylistic verve to Montaigne’s themes in ways that both reinforce and challenge the French writer’s prose, ideas, and forms. Featuring a who’s who of contemporary essayists, After Montaigne offers astartling engagement with Montaigne and the essay form while also pointing the way to the genre’s potential new directions.
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