The Essays or Counsels, Civil and Moral

The Essays or Counsels, Civil and Moral

Francis Bacon

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Essayes: Religious Meditations. Places of Perswasion and Disswasion. Seene and Allowed (1597) was the first published book by the philosopher, statesman and jurist Francis Bacon. The Essays are written in a wide range of styles, from the plain and unadorned to the epigrammatic. They cover topics drawn from both public and private life, and in each case the essays cover their topics systematically from a number of different angles, weighing one argument against another. A much-enlarged second edition appeared in 1612 with 38 essays. Another, under the title Essayes or Counsels, Civill and Morall, was published in 1625 with 58 essays. Translations into French and Italian appeared during Bacon's lifetime.

Though Bacon considered the Essays "but as recreation of my other studies", he was given high praise by his contemporaries, even to the point of crediting him with having invented the essay form. Later researches made clear the extent of Bacon's borrowings from the works of Montaigne, Aristotle and other writers, but the Essays have nevertheless remained in the highest repute. The 19th century literary historian Henry Hallam wrote that "They are deeper and more discriminating than any earlier, or almost any later, work in the English language".

Bacon's genius as a phrase-maker appears to great advantage in the later essays. In Of Boldness he wrote, "If the Hill will not come to Mahomet, Mahomet will go to the hill", which is the earliest known appearance of that proverb in print. The phrase "hostages to fortune" appears in the essay Of Marriage and Single Life – again the earliest known usage. Aldous Huxley's book Jesting Pilate took its epigraph, "What is Truth? said jesting Pilate; and would not stay for an answer", from Bacon's essay Of Truth. The 1999 edition of The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations includes no fewer than 91 quotations from the Essays.
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    "Dublinese maledetto" Francis Bacon nasce a Dublino. È un bambino estremamente timido e soggetto a violente crisi d’asma; inoltre la sua evidente omosessualità fa infuriare suo padre, capitano dell’esercito britannico in pensione, che infine lo caccia di casa. Nel 1926, a sedici anni, si trasferisce a Londra presso i parenti materni, poi a Berlino e infine a Parigi, dove assiste a una mostra di Picasso che lo segna profondamente: da lì inizia a dipingere disegni ed acquarelli d’ispirazione cubista. Nel 1928 rientra a Londra dipingendo e lavorando come decoratore, illustratore e interior designer. Dopo i primi lavori degli anni Trenta, è negli anni Quaranta che la sua arte comincia a svilupparsi come la conosciamo, soprattutto a partire dai Tre... Approfondisci
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