After Montaigne: Contemporary Essayists Cover the Essays

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 intrWriters 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 a startling engagement with Montaigne and the essay form while also pointing the way to the genre s potential new directions.Contributors Marcia Aldrich, Chris Arthur, Robert Atwan, Barrie Jean Borich, Mary Cappello, Steven Church, Judith Ortiz Cofer, Danielle Cadena Deulen, Brian Doyle, Lina M Ferreira C V Vivian Gornick, Robin Hemley, Wayne Koestenbaum, Shannon Lakanen, David Lazar, E J Levy, Phillip Lopate, Bret Lott, Patrick Madden, Desirae Matherly, Maggie Nelson, Jos Ordu a, Elena Passarello, Lia Purpura, Kristen Radtke, Amy Lee Scott, Jerald Walker, Nicole Walker
After Montaigne Contemporary Essayists Cover the Essays Writers of the modern essay can trace their chosen genre all the way back to Michel de Montaigne But save for the recent notable best seller How to Live A Life of Montaigne by Sarah Bakewell

  • Title: After Montaigne: Contemporary Essayists Cover the Essays
  • Author: David Lazar Patrick Madden
  • ISBN: 9780820348155
  • Page: 145
  • Format: Hardcover
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    1. Read about the essay form for more than five or six minutes, and you’re almost bound to come across a reference to Montaigne. Write essays, and it’s almost incumbent upon you to at some point confront Montaigne, who began the whole thing so long ago. Which makes it surprising it’s taken so long for an anthology that asks contemporary essayists to do just that in blunt, precise fashion, as the editors Patrick Madden and Chris Lazar relate in their introduction, comparing the essays to cover [...]

    2. This collection of essays by a wide variety of authors shines brightest when the essayist follows their most personal and creative path, avoiding the academic revelations and comparisons so often delved into in the classroom. Unfortunately, on the whole I'd estimate about a third of the nearly 30 Montaigne inspired pieces suffered from the academic influence of many of the contributors. That said this book is a solid 4-stars and I definitely enjoyed it, much more than Montaigne's original essays [...]

    3. A must-read for any student or reader or practitioner of the essay. My favorites:David Lazar's "To the Reader, Sincerely"Lia Purpura's "Of Prayers"Nicole Walker's "On Constancy"Steven Church's "Of Idleness"Judith Ortiz Cofer's "Of Books and Huecos"Shannon Lakanen's "Of Diversion"Robert Atwan's "Of Sex, Embarrassment, and the Miseries of Old Age [after "On Some Verses of Virgil"]Amy Lee Scott's "Of the Inconvenience of Greatness"Marcia Aldrich's "Of Age"Elena Passarello's "The Ceremoy of the Inte [...]

    4. It's a good year for specialized nonfiction anthologies, I guess. There's a wide range in this one from the stunning (Lina Ferreira's On Cannibalism) to just kinda nerding out about Montaigne--which will obviously not be universally appealing. Seriously though--it's worth it just for Ferreira's essay.

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