People may pass off essays as elaborate and extensive but ask reading aficionados and they would tell you that essays are the greatest pedigree of English literature – the real jewel in the crown. Essays are written to amuse, entertain and educate readers about a subject or an issue close to the heart of the essayists. Though they aren’t as much read as short stories, book lovers would confirm that no amount of reading can give a sense of gratification as an essay reading. Essays are mostly written in varying genres, right from comedy, fiction, history or current events. Furthermore, they may either be written as stand-alone pieces or grouped together in collections.
Aldous HuxleyAldous Huxley
26 July 1894
Writer
John RuskinJohn Ruskin
08 February 1819
Art Critic and Painter

Nassim Nicholas TalebNassim Nicholas Taleb
1960 AD
Essayist

D. H. LawrenceD. H. Lawrence
11 September 1885
Novelist

Samuel JohnsonSamuel Johnson
18 September 1709
Writer

E. M. ForsterE. M. Forster
01 January 1879
Writer
Evelyn WaughEvelyn Waugh
28 October 1903
Writer

Jhumpa LahiriJhumpa Lahiri
11 July 1967
Writer

Nick HornbyNick Hornby
17 April 1957
Author & Editor
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20 December 1969
Author

V. S. NaipaulV. S. Naipaul
17 August 1932
Writer
Matthew ArnoldMatthew Arnold
24 December 1822
Poet

Charles LambCharles Lamb
10 February 1775
Writer & Essayist

Thomas De QuinceyThomas De Quincey
15 August 1785
Essayist

Joseph AddisonJoseph Addison
01 May 1672
Essayist & Poet

William HazlittWilliam Hazlitt
10 April 1778
English Writer & Literary Critic
Leigh HuntLeigh Hunt
19 October 1784
English Essayist, Poet & Critic

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05 August 1929
Poet

A.C BensonA. C. Benson
24 April 1862
English essayist

Amy LevyAmy Levy
10 November 1861
Poet, Novelist, Essayist
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25 October 1975
Writer, Novelist, Essayist

Hilary MantelHilary Mantel
06 July 1952
Writer, Novelist, Essayist, Film critic, Poet
Maajid NawazMaajid Nawaz
02 November 1977
Activist

Thomas Babington MacaulayThomas Babington Macaulay
25 October 1800
Historian

Jean RhysJean Rhys
24 August 1890
Writer
Daniel TammetDaniel Tammet
31 January 1979
Writer

Houston Stewart ChamberlainHouston Stewart Chamberlain
09 September 1855
Racial theorist, Writer, Politician, Philosopher,
Stephen SpenderStephen Spender
28 February 1909
Poet

Harriet MartineauHarriet Martineau
12 June 1802
Linguist, Journalist, Economist, Historian,

Peter AckroydPeter Ackroyd
05 October 1949
Writer
James WoodJames Wood
01 November 1965
Writer, Literary critic, University teacher

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Walter PaterWalter Pater
04 August 1839
Essayist
Robert FaurissonRobert Faurisson
25 January 1929
Essayist, Faculty, University teacher, Writer,

Elias CanettiElias Canetti
25 July 1905
Writer, Aphorist, Playwright, Chemist, Essayist

Pico IyerPico Iyer
11 February 1957
Essayist

Edward ThomasEdward Thomas
03 March 1878
Poet
Auberon Alexander WaughAuberon Alexander Waugh
17 November 1939
Journalist
Alan GarnerAlan Garner
17 October 1934
Author

Hannah MoreHannah More
02 February 1745
Writer, Poet, Essayist

Timothy Garton AshTimothy Garton Ash
12 July 1955
Journalist, Historian, Writer, Essayist

Max BeerbohmMax Beerbohm
24 August 1872
Essayist
Benjamin JowettBenjamin Jowett
15 April 1817
Tutor

Lionel JohnsonLionel Johnson
15 March 1867
Poet

Vernon LeeVernon Lee
14 October 1856
Writer

Keith WaterhouseKeith Waterhouse
06 February 1929
Novelist

Thomas OverburyThomas Overbury
18 June 1581
Poet
John Middleton MurryJohn Middleton Murry
06 August 1889
Writer

Anna Letitia BarbauldAnna Letitia Barbauld
20 June 1743
Poet
Simon Arthur Noël RavenSimon Raven
28 December 1927
Writer

Elizabeth MontaguElizabeth Montagu
02 October 1718
Critic

Frederic W. H. MyersFrederic W. H. Myers
06 February 1843
Poet
Thomas HeywoodThomas Heywood
1575 AD
Playwright

Hartley ColeridgeHartley Coleridge
19 September 1796
Poet
Michael ArlenMichael Arlen
16 November 1895
Author

Brigid BrophyBrigid Brophy
12 June 1929
Novelist

Geoffrey GrigsonGeoffrey Grigson
02 March 1905
Poet

Guillermo Cabrera InfanteGuillermo Cabrera Infante
22 April 1929
Linguist, Screenwriter, Translator, Essayist,

Sir William Temple, 1st BaronetSir William Temple, 1st Baronet
25 April 1628
Statesman
Logan Pearsall SmithLogan Pearsall Smith
18 October 1865
Essayist

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27 April 1874
Author

Alice MeynellAlice Meynell
11 October 1847
Writer

James HowellJames Howell
1594 AD
Historian
Sir Peter QuennellSir Peter Quennell
09 March 1905
Writer

Henry Francis CaryHenry Francis Cary
06 December 1772
Biographer
Grace AguilarGrace Aguilar
02 June 1816
Novelist

Sid ChaplinSid Chaplin
20 September 1916
Writer

Henry Austin DobsonHenry Austin Dobson
18 January 1840
Poet
Charles Edward MontagueCharles Edward Montague
01 January 1867
Journalist

Wilfrid SheedWilfrid Sheed
27 December 1930
Novelists
Llewelyn PowysLlewelyn Powys
13 August 1884
Essayist

Ernest RhysErnest Rhys
17 July 1859
Witer

Aaron HillAaron Hill
10 February 1685
Poet, Playwright, Essayist
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1761 AD
Inventor

Thomas ChurchyardThomas Churchyard
1520 AD
Author
Alan GouldAlan Gould
22 March 1949
Novelist

Anne Douglas SedgwickAnne Douglas Sedgwick
28 March 1873
Writer

Carl TigheCarl Tighe
26 April 1950
Poet

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1602 AD
Writer