At a glance:
- Author: Francis Bacon
- First Published: 1597
- Type of Work: Essays
- Genres: Nonfiction, Essays
- Subjects: Philosophy or philosophers, Love or romance, Religion, Beauty, Seventeenth century, Truth, Death or dying, Aesthetics, Atheism
Francis Bacon had many accomplishments. He was a scientist, a philosopher, and a politician, and he was adept, too, at taking bribes; for this he had been imprisoned. It is, however, as a literary man that he is perhaps best remembered, a writer so competent with the pen that for decades there have been some persons willing to argue that Bacon wrote the plays attributed to William Shakespeare.
The essay form is rare in the modern age, although there are some faint signs of its revival. As Bacon used it, the essay is a carefully fashioned statement, both...
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