"This idea - writing about oneself to create a mirror in which other people recognize their own humanity - has not existed forever. It had to be invented. And, unlike many cultural inventions, it can be traced to a single person: Michael Eyquem de Montaigne, a nobleman, government official, and winegrower who lived in the Perigord area of southwestern France from 1533 to 1592." - Sarah Bakewell, How to Live or: A Life of Montaigne in One Question and Twenty Attempts at an Answer
I can say to anyone that obtains a copy of Bakewell's Montaigne biography: reader, you have here a great book.