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 (mŏn-tān′, môn-tĕn′yə), Michel Eyquem de 1533-1592.
French writer noted for developing the essay as a literary form as well as for the lively, personal quality of his prose.
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(French mɔ̃tɛɲ)
(Biography) Michel Eyquem de (miʃɛl ikɛm də). 1533–92, French writer. His life's work, the Essays (begun in 1571), established the essay as a literary genre and record the evolution of his moral ideas
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(mɒnˈteɪn; Fr. mɔ̃ˈtɛn yə)

Michel Eyquem, Seigneur de, 1533–92, French essayist.
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Noun1.Montaigne - French writer regarded as the originator of the modern essay (1533-1592)Montaigne - French writer regarded as the originator of the modern essay (1533-1592)
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And therefore Montaigne saith prettily, when he inquired the reason, why the word of the lie should be such a disgrace, and such an odious charge?
It was such love as Michelangelo had known, and Montaigne, and Winckelmann, and Shakespeare himself.
I could recite you the whole of Thucydides, Xenophon, Plutarch, Titus Livius, Tacitus, Strada, Jornandes, Dante, Montaigne, Shakspeare, Spinoza, Machiavelli, and Bossuet.
The essays, it should be added, were evidently suggested and more or less influenced by those of the great French thinker, Montaigne, an earlier contemporary of Bacon.
Once I took such delight in Montaigne, that I thought I should not need any other book; before that, in Shakspeare; then in Plutarch; then in Plotinus; at one time in Bacon; afterwards in Goethe; even in Bettine; but now I turn the pages of either of them languidly, whilst I still cherish their genius.
One of the most important writers and thinkers of the Renaissance, Michel de Montaigne (1533--92) helped invent a literary genre that seemed more modern than anything that had come before.
Leading luxury fragrance, skincare, cosmetics and lifestyle company, Montaigne Place will soon be unveiling its art development project tagged the 'Montaigne Place Urban Art Series'.
Montaigne: A Life, by Philippe Desan, translated by Steven Rendall and Lisa Neal.
The purpose of this note is to draw attention to a page of Montaigne's Essais almost systematically neglected by scholars (Rancoeur 539), in which the French philosopher deals with astrology and the legitimacy of astrological divination.