I just completed this biography of Montaigne - How to Live: Or A Life of Montaigne in One Question and Twenty Attempts at an Answer by Sarah Bakewell.  I found it interesting and I have now started reading Montaigne's essays. I had heard of Montaigne but new nothing about him. This biography is a great introduction to his essays because it put his life and writing in context. I had no idea how influential his writings were. His essays are something all educated people should read (but of course we don't).

Montaigne Biography
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