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

Samuel JohnsonSamuel Johnson
18 September 1709

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

John RuskinJohn Ruskin
08 February 1819
Art Critic and Painter

Evelyn WaughEvelyn Waugh
28 October 1903
V. S. NaipaulV. S. Naipaul
17 August 1932

Alain de BottonAlain de Botton
20 December 1969

Jhumpa LahiriJhumpa Lahiri
11 July 1967

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

Maajid NawazMaajid Nawaz
02 November 1977
Thomas Babington MacaulayThomas Babington Macaulay
25 October 1800

Hilary MantelHilary Mantel
06 July 1952
Writer, Novelist, Essayist, Film critic, Poet

Daniel TammetDaniel Tammet
31 January 1979

Houston Stewart ChamberlainHouston Stewart Chamberlain
09 September 1855
Racial theorist, Writer, Politician, Philosopher,
Stephen SpenderStephen Spender
28 February 1909
Poet, Writer, Essayist, University teacher,
Pico IyerPico Iyer
11 February 1957

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

Jean RhysJean Rhys
24 August 1890

Peter AckroydPeter Ackroyd
05 October 1949
Elias CanettiElias Canetti
25 July 1905
Writer, Aphorist, Playwright, Chemist, Essayist

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

Walter PaterWalter Pater
04 August 1839

Robert FaurissonRobert Faurisson
25 January 1929
Essayist, Faculty, University teacher, Writer,

Alan GarnerAlan Garner
17 October 1934
Hannah MoreHannah More
02 February 1745
Writer, Poet, Essayist

Adam FergusonAdam Ferguson
20 June 1723
Philosopher, Librarian, Historian, Soldier,
Benjamin JowettBenjamin Jowett
15 April 1817

Keith WaterhouseKeith Waterhouse
06 February 1929

John Middleton MurryJohn Middleton Murry
06 August 1889
Thomas HeywoodThomas Heywood
1575 AD

Lionel JohnsonLionel Johnson
15 March 1867
Thomas OverburyThomas Overbury
18 June 1581

Vernon LeeVernon Lee
14 October 1856

Michael ArlenMichael Arlen
16 November 1895

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