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
John RuskinJohn Ruskin
08 February 1819
Art Critic and Painter

Samuel JohnsonSamuel Johnson
18 September 1709

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

E. M. ForsterE. M. Forster
01 January 1879

Jhumpa LahiriJhumpa Lahiri
11 July 1967
V. S. NaipaulV. S. Naipaul
17 August 1932

Alain de BottonAlain de Botton
20 December 1969

Matthew ArnoldMatthew Arnold
24 December 1822

Nick HornbyNick Hornby
17 April 1957
Author & Editor
Charles LambCharles Lamb
10 February 1775
Writer & Essayist

Joseph AddisonJoseph Addison
01 May 1672
Essayist & Poet
William HazlittWilliam Hazlitt
10 April 1778
English Writer & Literary Critic

Thomas De QuinceyThomas De Quincey
15 August 1785

Leigh HuntLeigh Hunt
19 October 1784
English Essayist, Poet & Critic
A.C BensonA. C. Benson
24 April 1862
English essayist

Amy LevyAmy Levy
10 November 1861
Poet, Novelist, Essayist
Arthur Conan DoyleArthur Conan Doyle
22 May 1859
Physician, Writer, Poet, Cricketer, Novelist,

David IrvingDavid Irving
24 March 1938
Essayist, Journalist, Historian, Writer,

Zadie SmithZadie Smith
25 October 1975
Writer, Novelist, Essayist
Hilary MantelHilary Mantel
06 July 1952
Writer, Novelist, Essayist, Film critic, Poet

Dorothy L. SayersDorothy L. Sayers
13 June 1893
Writer, Translator, Novelist, Playwright,
Houston Stewart ChamberlainHouston Stewart Chamberlain
09 September 1855
Racial theorist, Writer, Politician, Philosopher,

Stephen SpenderStephen Spender
28 February 1909
Poet, Writer, Essayist, University teacher,

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

Elias CanettiElias Canetti
25 July 1905
Writer, Aphorist, Playwright, Chemist, Essayist
Timothy Garton AshTimothy Garton Ash
12 July 1955
Journalist, Historian, Writer, Essayist
Robert FaurissonRobert Faurisson
25 January 1929
Essayist, Faculty, University teacher, Writer,

Hannah MoreHannah More
02 February 1745
Writer, Poet, Essayist

Adam FergusonAdam Ferguson
20 June 1723
Philosopher, Librarian, Historian, Soldier,

Guillermo Cabrera InfanteGuillermo Cabrera Infante
22 April 1929
Linguist, Screenwriter, Translator, Essayist,
James WoodJames Wood
01 November 1965
Writer, Literary critic, University teacher

Aaron HillAaron Hill
10 February 1685
Poet, Playwright, Essayist