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Michel Montaigne

Michel de Montaigne was a 16th century French author who developed the essay as a literary genre. His first two books of essays were published in 1580. A man never speaks of himself without losing something. What he says in his disfavor is always believed, but when he commends himself, he arouses mistrust. Born into a French family of minor nobility on February 28, 1533, Michel de Montaigne held a seat in the Bordeaux parliament. Montaigne retired from public life and began to write a series of...See more