After Montaigne: Contemporary Essayists Cover the Essays

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University of Georgia Press
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About the Author

David Lazar (Editor)
DAVID LAZAR is a professor in the Nonfiction Program at Columbia College Chicago and the editor of the journal Hotel Amerika. His books include Occasional Desire, The Body of Brooklyn, and Truth in Nonfiction.

Patrick Madden (Editor)
PATRICK MADDEN is an associate professor of English at Brigham Young University and author of Quotidiana and Sublime Physick. His work has appeared in the Iowa Review, Portland Magazine, Fourth Genre, and the Best Creative Nonfiction and Best American Spiritual Writing anthologies.


A fascinating collection of essays that carries forward the omnidirectional momentum of the master. After Montaigne gives us grand examples of the essay as it lives today.--Ian Frazier "author of Great Plains "
The collection is accessible and invites readers to dip in anywhere, to read all or only a few. Reading these 'covers' alongside Montaigne's originals would make an engaging activity for aspiring essayists or composition students.--P. J. Kurtz "Choice "
Imagine the dinner party: not just Montaigne but many Montaignes, resurrected in these brilliant essays by twenty-eight of today's most inventive writers. The table is crowded, enlivened by the paradoxical warmth of Montaigne's detachment and by the parry and thrust of ideas, often tantamount to a kind of quiet eros. It's a dinner full of random appetites, the kind of party we leave knowing ourselves a little less, which might mean a little better. What a feast this collection is. It satisfies a hunger--intellect meeting empathy--that enlarges us.--Barbara Hurd "author of Listening to the Savage: River Notes and Half-Heard Melodies "
Though Montaigne wrote more than 400 years ago, he feels ageless to these writers, who celebrate his 'drily mellifluous voice, ' discursive style, and relentless curiosity. With flair, wit, and imagination, these writers embrace and often challenge their mentor, with results that will inspire readers to also seek out the originals.--Publishers Weekly