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Meno is written as a dialogue between Socrates and Meno. What is virtue? Is it a trait that can be taught? Is there some virtue that can be possessed by all human beings? Is it different between genders? Plato ponders.
Written as a dialogue between Socrates and Phaedrus, the subject within Phaedrus (370B.C.) appears to be that of love - love in its proper form as well as love erotic. Widely considered to be one of Plato's greatest works. Profoundly Plato.
The 1817 novel tells the story of Frank Osbaldistone sent to the Scottish Highlands to recover a debt owed to his father. While there he encounters Rob Roy MacGregor, the Scottish Robin Hood. Whilst based around an historical figure the story itself is pure fiction. The book was hugely successful when published and has spawned a number of film adaptations.
When first published in 1899 the work received a mixed critical reception; praise for its outstanding writing style and condemnation for it's frank presentation of the limits of a woman's role and its sexual openness. At the time the book only had one printing. After it's rediscovery in 1969 the book has been praised for its treatment of issues facing women and its wonderful style.
Historical fiction novel. The story begins with an actual historical tragedy - the 1672 lynching of the Dutch Grand Pensionary (roughly equivalent to a modern Prime Minister) Johan de Witt and his brother Cornelis, by a wild mob of their own countrymen - one of the most painful episodes in Dutch history, described by Dumas with a dramatic intensity.
Essays was first published in 1580. In it Montaigne essentially invented the literary form of the essay, a short subjective treatment of a given topic. Montaigne's stated goal in his book is to describe man, and especially himself, with utter frankness. The modernity of thought in Montaigne's essays, coupled with their sustained popularity, made them arguably the most prominent work in French philosophy until the Enlightenment. Their influence over French education and culture is still strong.
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