Today’s Birthday: MICHEL DE MONTAIGNE (1533)

Michel de Montaigne (1533)

On his 38th birthday, Montaigne retreated to his library in a tower of his family’s French château, and there he spent most of the next decade thinking, reading, and writing. The result wasEssais, or Attempts, a series of short prose reflections on many subjects that form one of the most captivating and intimate self-portraits ever written. Montaigne’s Essais established the essay as a literary form. What personal tragedy may have prompted Montaigne to begin writing? More… Discuss


One response to “Today’s Birthday: MICHEL DE MONTAIGNE (1533)

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