Alain de Botton, born in Switzerland in 1969, is a London-based writer. His books include Essays in Love (entitled On Love in the US) (1993), The Romantic Movement (1994), Kiss and Tell (1995), How Proust Can Change Your Life (1997, UK edition ISBN 0-330-35491-4), The Art of Travel (2002), and Status Anxiety (2004). The Consolations of Philosophy (published in 2000) was also made into a television series.
The Consolations of Philosophy
The title is a reference to Boethius's Consolation of Philosophy, in which Philosophy appears as an Allegorical figure to Boethius to offer him consolation before he faces his impending execution. In The Consolations of Philosophy Alain attempts to show how the teachings of Philosophers such as Socrates, Epicurus, Nietzsche, Montaigne, and Schopenhauer can be applied to everyday woes such as unpopularity, feelings of inadequacy, to financial worries, having a broken heart and the general problem of suffering. The book has been criticised for dumbing down and mispresenting the wider character of the philosophers (through omission) in order to produce something in a self-help package.