I knew, for example that he is credited with the term essay, from the French essai Merci beaucoup, Michel, said millions of High School English students,never. . I do have one friend who is Canadian by birth. When I told her about this project, she was gleeful. "I love Montaigne, my sister and I always used to ask ourselves < What would Montaigne do?> when we were puzzled. "
So there's that. But mostly he seems to be one of those DWMs that people now are relieved of guilt about not actually reading. According the recent bio I read, many great minds have been much affected by his writing. but they are great minds that are also left to the specialists and academics to ponder. Most of the people I spend time with, who are smart, well read, and have lively minds, don't think of Montaigne much one way or the other, At least they don't talk about him wit me. Nor I with them to be fair.