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Maligned champion of a master’s work

Apology for the Woman Writing. By Jenny Diski, Virago, €22.95

22nd November, 2008

Apology for the Woman Writing. By Jenny Diski, Virago, €22.95

Towards the end of his life, Michel de Montaigne, great essayist of the French Renaissance, recalled an encounter with a young woman some years earlier, declaring that ‘‘the famous vehemence wherewith she loved me, and desired my acquaintance solely from the esteem she had before she ever saw my face, is an incident very worthy of consideration’’.

Five hundred years later,...

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