Michel de Montaigne


Born
in Guyenne, France
September 01, 1532

Died
September 13, 1592

Genre

Influences


Michel Eyquem de Montaigne was one of the most influential writers of the French Renaissance. Montaigne is known for popularizing the essay as a literary genre. He became famous for his effortless ability to merge serious intellectual speculation with casual anecdotes and autobiography—and his massive volume Essais (translated literally as "Attempts") contains, to this day, some of the most widely influential essays ever written. Montaigne had a direct influence on writers the world over, from William Shakespeare to René Descartes, from Ralph Waldo Emerson to Stephan Zweig, from Friedrich Nietzsche to Jean-Jacques Rousseau. He was a conservative and earnest Catholic but, as a result of his anti-dogmatic cast of mind, he is considered the fa ...more

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Montaigne: Essays

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The Essays: A Selection

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The Complete Works

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On Friendship

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On Solitude

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Сонгомол эсээнүүд

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How We Weep and Laugh at th...

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Essais 1

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Apology for Raymond Sebond

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