This little volume contains on friendship and five or six other essays by de montaigne the initial paragraph drew me in i was watching an artist on my staff working on a painting when i felt a desire to emulate him. About on friendship from the 100 part penguin great ideas series comes a rumination on relationships courtesy of one of the most influential french renaissance philosophers. Michel de montaigne is regarded as the father of the essay we tend to define the essay as a deductive genre i have my point to make and i will take these prescribed recognizable steps to convince you of my point. Of friendship by michel de montaigne translated by charles cotton having considered the proceedings of a painter that serves me i had a mind to imitate his way. Michel eyquem de montaigne refined by the advice of the latters humanist friends soon after his birth montaigne was brought to a small cottage where he lived the first three years of life in the sole company of a peasant family in order to according to the elder montaigne draw the boy close to the people and to the life conditions of the people who need our help after these
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