Chapter 1 Foreword Chapter 2 Preface to the 1983 Edition Chapter 3 Preface to the New Edition Chapter 4 Originality Chapter 5 Genius Chapter 6 Montaigne's Melancholy Chapter 7 From Genius to Madness: Torquato Tasso
M. A. Screech, Emeritus Fellow of All Souls and Extraordinary Fellow of Wolfson College, Oxford, is a Renaissance scholar of international renown.
An invaluable literary companion to the essays of Montaigne ... the insights it provides are remarkable. -- Anthony Storr Sunday Times Original and important... His study will easily fulfil its avowed aim of making Montaigne's Essays more comprehensible and more enjoyable. -- James Supple Times Higher Education A probing, loving companion to the masterwork. -- Nicholas Wollaston Observer A sensitive probe into how Montaigne resolved for himself the age-old ambiguities of melancholia and, in doing so, spoke of what he called the 'human condition'. -- Roy Porter London Review Of Books