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‘Wylde for to hold, though I seme tame’

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November 2006, no. 286

Agamemnon’s Kiss: Selected Essays by Inga Clendinnen

Text, $32.95 pb, 230 pp

Book 2 Cover Small (400 x 600)

Quarterly Essay 23: The History Question: Who Owns the Past? by Inga Clendinnen

Black Inc., $14.95 pb, 115 pp

‘Wylde for to hold, though I seme tame’

by
November 2006, no. 286

Inga Clendinnen came rather late to Michel de Montaigne, the man she acknowledges as ‘the Father of the Essay’. When the professional historian began reading the great amateur, she did so, Clendinnen admits, ‘in that luxurious mood of piety lace-edged with boredom with which we read the lesser classics’. The boredom quickly dissipated as the writer in Clendinnen met a master: ‘It is hard to explain what makes his essays so enchanting, but I think it is the lithe, athletic movement of a naturally intrepid mind.’

Morag Fraser reviews 'Agamemnon’s Kiss: Selected Essays' and 'The History Question: Who Owns the Past? (Quarterly Essay 23)' by Inga Clendinnen

Agamemnon’s Kiss: Selected Essays

by Inga Clendinnen

Text, $32.95 pb, 230 pp

Book 2 Cover Small (400 x 600)

Quarterly Essay 23: The History Question: Who Owns the Past?

by Inga Clendinnen

Black Inc., $14.95 pb, 115 pp

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