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Essayists

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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