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Montaigne's English Journey: Reading the Essays in Shakespeare's Day

William M. Hamlin


Montaigne’s English Journey examines the genesis, early readership, and multifaceted impact of John Florio’s exuberant translation of Michel de Montaigne’s Essays. Published in London in 1603, this book was widely read in seventeenth-century England: Shakespeare borrowed from it as he drafted King Lear and The Tempest, and many hundreds of English men and women first encountered Montaigne’s tolerant outlook and disarming candour in its densely-printed pages. Literary historians have long been fascinated by the influence of Florio’s translation, analysing its contributions to the d ... More

Keywords: Montaigne, Shakespeare, Florio, Essays, readership, translation, reception, marginalia, annotation, manuscript studies

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199684113
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199684113.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

William M. Hamlin, author
Professor of English, Washington State University