Essayists on the Essay: Montaigne to Our Time: Klaus, Carl.
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But, at the same time, estimating the value and rank of the Essayist, we are not to leave out of account the drawbacks and the circumstances of the period: the imperfect state of education, the comparative scarcity of books, and the limited opportunities of intellectual intercourse. Montaigne freely borrowed of others, and he has found men willing to borrow of him as freely. He has been the.
Well, essayists can go where scholars dare not tread—a key lesson to take from Montaigne—and this essayist finds it impossible to imagine that Shakespeare had not absorbed Montaigne fully, and.
Montaigne is in general considered to be the first essayist. But that is only valid, if one puts the form of an essay into quite narrow limits. Since people mastered to write texts, they also have written texts, which are similar to an essay.
Reading: The Art of the Essayist In an essay we want the process of thinking, not the result. The writer's job is not to be right, but to be interesting even while being wrong.
In the early days of his career, as Emerson was seeking the best way to think and write, he looked to Montaigne, the sixteenth-century French essayist, as an inspiration. Later, Emerson wrote an essay about his hero, “Montaigne; or the Skeptic.” Montaigne and Emerson are an unlikely literary pair.
ESSAYIST ESSAY (Fr. essai, Late Lat. exagium, a weighing or balance; exigere, to examine; the term in general meaning any trial or effort). As a form of literature, the essay is a composition of moderate length, usually in prose, which deals in an easy, cursory way with the external conditions of a subject, and, in strictness, with that subject only as it affects the writer.