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

Samuel JohnsonSamuel Johnson

18 September 1709

D. H. LawrenceD. H. Lawrence

11 September 1885

John RuskinJohn Ruskin

08 February 1819

E. M. ForsterE. M. Forster

01 January 1879

Jhumpa LahiriJhumpa Lahiri

11 July 1967

V. S. NaipaulV. S. Naipaul

17 August 1932

Matthew ArnoldMatthew Arnold

24 December 1822

Alain de BottonAlain de Botton

20 December 1969

Charles LambCharles Lamb

10 February 1775

Nick HornbyNick Hornby

17 April 1957

Joseph AddisonJoseph Addison

01 May 1672

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William HazlittWilliam Hazlitt

10 April 1778

Thomas De QuinceyThomas De Quincey

15 August 1785

Leigh HuntLeigh Hunt

19 October 1784

A.C BensonA. C. Benson

24 April 1862

Amy LevyAmy Levy

10 November 1861

Arthur Conan DoyleArthur Conan Doyle

22 May 1859

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David IrvingDavid Irving

24 March 1938

Zadie SmithZadie Smith

25 October 1975

Hilary MantelHilary Mantel

06 July 1952

Dorothy L. SayersDorothy L. Sayers

13 June 1893

Houston Stewart ChamberlainHouston Stewart Chamberlain

09 September 1855

Stephen SpenderStephen Spender

28 February 1909

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Harriet MartineauHarriet Martineau

12 June 1802

Elias CanettiElias Canetti

25 July 1905

Robert FaurissonRobert Faurisson

25 January 1929

Timothy Garton AshTimothy Garton Ash

12 July 1955

Hannah MoreHannah More

02 February 1745

Adam FergusonAdam Ferguson

20 June 1723

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Guillermo Cabrera InfanteGuillermo Cabrera Infante

22 April 1929

James WoodJames Wood

01 November 1965

Aaron HillAaron Hill

10 February 1685