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The First Essayist

maxresdefault (3)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. Montaigne retreated to his castle and isolated himself from public life. He also began to write personal and subjective reflections on topics such as religion, education, friendship, love and freedom. Montaigne called his original work essais, which means “attempts” in French. He developed a new literary genre: the essay. #Essayist #Writer #amwriting #BookLover¬†#History¬†#DidyouKnow #Writing

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