A copy of the fifth edition of the Essais with Montaigne's own "C" additions in his own hand exists, preserved at the Municipal Library of Bordeaux (known to editors as the "Bordeaux Copy").  This edition gives modern editors a text dramatically indicative of Montaigne's final intentions (as opposed to the multitude of Renaissance works for which no autograph exists). Analyzing the differences and additions between editions show how Montaigne's thoughts evolved over time. Remarkably, he does not seem to remove previous writings, even when they conflict with his newer views.
Christopher Hitchens (13 April 1949 – 15 December 2011) was a prolific English-American author, political journalist and literary critic . His books, essays, and journalistic career spanned more than four decades. Recognized as a public intellectual , he was a staple of talk shows and lecture circuits. Hitchens was a columnist and literary critic at The Atlantic , Vanity Fair , Slate , World Affairs , The Nation , Free Inquiry , and a variety of other media outlets.