This dedicatory epistle, written by Marie le Jars de Gournay on November, 26, 1588, is intended for her father, Michel de Montaigne, for whom she named her book, The Promenade of Monsieur de Montaigne. Gournay named the book his promenade and derived its plot from a little book that she happened to read about a year previously, whose title and author she could not remember. The reason that impelled her to write the story down was to give Montaigne a greater opportunity to recognize in it the faults of her style than he would have had in her recounting it.
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