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date: 19 October 2019

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This article focuses on what may be the most famous prose translation in Renaissance England, John Florio's attempt to capture the style and spirit of the Essays of Michel de Montaigne. Critics who have compared the translation to Montaigne's original in detail agree that Florio's work contains omissions, mistakes, misunderstandings and additions, and yet that it is still highly successful translation, which nevertheless retains ‘the essential spirit’ of Montaigne's book.

Keywords: John Florio, Michel de Montaigne, prose translation

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