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
Nassim Nicholas TalebNassim Nicholas Taleb
1960 AD
Essayist

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

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

Samuel JohnsonSamuel Johnson
18 September 1709
Writer

Evelyn WaughEvelyn Waugh
28 October 1903
Writer
John RuskinJohn Ruskin
08 February 1819
Art Critic and Painter

V. S. NaipaulV. S. Naipaul
17 August 1932
Writer

Jhumpa LahiriJhumpa Lahiri
11 July 1967
Writer
Alain de BottonAlain de Botton
20 December 1969
Author

Nick HornbyNick Hornby
17 April 1957
Author & Editor
Matthew ArnoldMatthew Arnold
24 December 1822
Poet

Charles LambCharles Lamb
10 February 1775
Writer & Essayist

Joseph AddisonJoseph Addison
01 May 1672
Essayist & Poet

Thomas De QuinceyThomas De Quincey
15 August 1785
Essayist

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

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

Al AlvarezAl Alvarez
05 August 1929
Poet

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

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

Thomas Babington MacaulayThomas Babington Macaulay
25 October 1800
Historian

Houston Stewart ChamberlainHouston Stewart Chamberlain
09 September 1855
Racial theorist, Writer, Politician, Philosopher,
Jean RhysJean Rhys
24 August 1890
Writer

Daniel TammetDaniel Tammet
31 January 1979
Writer
Pico IyerPico Iyer
11 February 1957
Essayist

Stephen SpenderStephen Spender
28 February 1909
Poet

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

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Harriet MartineauHarriet Martineau
12 June 1802
Linguist, Journalist, Economist, Historian,
Hannah MoreHannah More
02 February 1745
Writer, Poet, Essayist

Walter PaterWalter Pater
04 August 1839
Essayist

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

Robert FaurissonRobert Faurisson
25 January 1929
Essayist, Faculty, University teacher, Writer,
Alan GarnerAlan Garner
17 October 1934
Author
Lionel JohnsonLionel Johnson
15 March 1867
Poet

Sir Henry Maximilian BeerbohmMax Beerbohm
24 August 1872
Essayist

Keith WaterhouseKeith Waterhouse
06 February 1929
Novelist

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

Vernon LeeVernon Lee
14 October 1856
Writer

John Middleton MurryJohn Middleton Murry
06 August 1889
Writer

James WoodJames Wood
01 November 1965
Writer, Literary critic, University teacher

Michael ArlenMichael Arlen
16 November 1895
Author
Thomas HeywoodThomas Heywood
1575 AD
Playwright

Simon Arthur Noël RavenSimon Raven
28 December 1927
Writer
Brigid BrophyBrigid Brophy
12 June 1929
Novelist

Thomas OverburyThomas Overbury
18 June 1581
Poet

Frederic W. H. MyersFrederic W. H. Myers
06 February 1843
Poet
Guillermo Cabrera InfanteGuillermo Cabrera Infante
22 April 1929
Linguist, Screenwriter, Translator, Essayist,

Elizabeth MontaguElizabeth Montagu
02 October 1718
Critic
Maurice BaringMaurice Baring
27 April 1874
Author

Hartley ColeridgeHartley Coleridge
19 September 1796
Poet

James HowellJames Howell
1594 AD
Historian

Alice MeynellAlice Meynell
11 October 1847
Writer

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

Geoffrey GrigsonGeoffrey Grigson
02 March 1905
Poet

Grace AguilarGrace Aguilar
02 June 1816
Novelist

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

Sid ChaplinSid Chaplin
20 September 1916
Writer
Llewelyn PowysLlewelyn Powys
13 August 1884
Essayist

Henry Francis CaryHenry Francis Cary
06 December 1772
Biographer

Wilfrid SheedWilfrid Sheed
27 December 1930
Novelists
Ernest RhysErnest Rhys
17 July 1859
Witer

Thomas ChurchyardThomas Churchyard
1520 AD
Author
William RadcliffeWilliam Radcliffe
1761 AD
Inventor

Anne Douglas SedgwickAnne Douglas Sedgwick
28 March 1873
Writer

Aaron HillAaron Hill
10 February 1685
Poet, Playwright, Essayist
Alan GouldAlan Gould
22 March 1949
Novelist

Edward ThomasEdward Thomas
03 March 1878
Poet
Anna Letitia BarbauldAnna Letitia Barbauld
20 June 1743
Poet

Owen FellthamOwen Felltham
1602 AD
Writer

Sir Peter QuennellSir Peter Quennell
09 March 1905
Writer

Auberon Alexander WaughAuberon Alexander Waugh
17 November 1939
Journalist