The word "essay", and the literary-philosophical form it describes, were invented in the 16th century by Michel de Montaigne.

Montaigne was, in his time, an extremely successful and wealthy statesman. In his older age, and following the devastating loss of his "best friend" Étienne de La Boétie, Montaigne decided to retire and dedicate his time to writing. He came to call the discursive, entertaining, argumentative texts he wrote "essays".

One of these essays is titled "Of Cannibals".

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