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  • Charlotte Capers (1913 - 1996)
    Charlotte Capers (June 28, 1913 − December 23, 1996) was director of the Mississippi Department of Archives and History (MDAH) from 1955 to 1969 and was the first woman to become the head of a state ...
  • Jack Butler (1944 - d.)
    ========================================= Best known as a fiction writer, Jack Armand Butler Jr. is also a poet, essayist, and food columnist. He was born in the small Mississippi Delta town of All...
  • George Worley Boswell (1919 - 1995)
    George Worley Boswell was born in Nashville, Tennessee, in 1919, when the South was already well into an economic decline that would virtually cripple the United States a decade later. Boswell maintain...
  • Maria Howard Weedon (1846 - 1905)
    Maria Howard Weeden (July 6, 1846 – April 12, 1905), who signed her work and published as Howard Weeden, was an American artist and poet based in Huntsville, Alabama. After the American Civil War, sh...
  • Lella Warren (1899 - 1982)
    Lella Warren (March 22, 1899 – 1982) was a novelist and short story writer who is best known for her historical novel Foundation Stone chronicling the life of Alabama settlers in the 19th century. Sh...


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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