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A Week in Literary History

February 28th, 2002

French essayist Michel de Montaigne (Essays, 1580) is born near Bordeaux in 1533.

Michel de Montaigne, b. February 28, 1533, d. 1592

As the inventor of the personal essay, Montaigne is the patron saint of Black Lamb, and also the paragon whom we all emulate in vain. Fluent in Latin before he could speak French, Montaigne as a boy was followed around his father’s castle by a musician, who made music for the lad all day long. He devoted the entire second half of his life to his monumental work, which is still a delight to read.

Suggested Reading Essays, 1580-88.

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