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  • Charles Lamb (1775 - 1834)
    Charles Lamb (10 February 1775 – 27 December 1834) was an English essayist with Welsh heritage, best known for his Essays of Elia and for the children's book Tales from Shakespeare, which he produced a...
  • Muriel Spark (1918 - 2006)
    Dame Muriel Sarah Spark DBE, CLit, FRSE, FRSL (née Camberg; 1 February 1918 – 13 April 2006) was a Scottish novelist, short story writer, poet and essayist. Brief Biography From Muriel Spark’...
  • Francis William Rutherford Nichol (1925 - 2008)
    Reference: Ancestry Genealogy - SmartCopy : Jun 9 2018, 4:59:15 UTC Reference: Find A Grave Memorial - SmartCopy : Jun 9 2018, 5:00:46 UTC NICHOL, Rev. Dr. Francis William Rutherford (Frank) M.A....
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882)
    Ralph Waldo Emerson (May 25, 1803 – April 27, 1882) was an American essayist, lecturer, philosopher and poet who led the transcendentalist movement of the mid-19th century. He was seen as a champion of...
  • Maurice Baring (1874 - 1945)
    Maurice Baring OBE (27 April 1874 – 14 December 1945) was an English man of letters, known as a dramatist, poet, novelist, translator and essayist, and also as a travel writer and war correspondent. ...


An Essayist is a writer who produces essays.

Essays are short literary pieces of work in which the author presents their own arguments and reflections. They are compositions on a particular theme or subject, usually in prose and generally analytic, speculative, or interpretative.

Essayists may write on a number of topics like politics, education, social issues, literary criticisms, environment, human rights, etc. Even though essays are primarily written in prose, essayists like Alexander Pope wrote their essays in verse.

John Locke was an essayist who ignored the brevity element in composing essays like ‘An Essay Concerning Human Understanding’.

The French author Michel de Montaigne of the 16th century is often hailed as the first essayist, though he himself claimed to have been influenced by the writings of Plutarch and Seneca.

Essayists like Joseph Addison, Richard Steele and Samuel Johnson wrote during the Age of Enlightenment when essays became the preferred literary form for convincing people of their position.

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