List of famous essayists with their biographies that include trivia, interesting facts, timeline and life history.

Essayists are the writers who produce essays. Essays are the literary pieces of work in which the author presents their own arguments and reflections. Since essays convey the author’s individual views, they make for compelling and interesting reading. Essayists may write on a number of topics like politics, education, social issues, literary criticisms, environment, human rights, etc. Even though essays are primarily written in prose, essayists like Alexander Pope have taken the liberty to compose their essays in verse. Essayists, like writers of other genres, do not always believe in conforming to traditions. John Locke was one such essayist who chose to ignore the brevity element in composing his voluminous essays like ‘An Essay Concerning Human Understanding’. The French author Michel de Montaigne who lived during the 16th century is often hailed as the first essayist, though he himself claimed to have been influenced by the writings of Plutarch and Seneca. Essayists like Joseph Addison, Richard Steele and Samuel Johnson flourished during the Age of Enlightenment when essays became the preferred literary form for convincing people of their position. Scroll down further for more information on famous essayists from all over the world who enriched literature with their writings.

David Foster WallaceDavid Foster Wallace
(American)

Arthur Conan DoyleArthur Conan Doyle
(British)
David SedarisDavid Sedaris
(American)
Arundhati RoyArundhati Roy
(Indian)

Yukio MishimaYukio Mishima
(Japanese)
David IrvingDavid Irving
(British)
Fareed ZakariaFareed Zakaria
(American)

Joan DidionJoan Didion
(American)
Thomas PynchonThomas Pynchon
(American)
Zadie SmithZadie Smith
(British)

Paul KrugmanPaul Krugman
(American)
Pierre BourdieuPierre Bourdieu
(French)
Jaron LanierJaron Lanier
(American)

Michael ChabonMichael Chabon
(American)
Denis DiderotDenis Diderot
(French)
Sylvia BrowneSylvia Browne
(American)

Masaru EmotoMasaru Emoto
(Japanese)
Don DeLilloDon DeLillo
(American)
Robert ChristgauRobert Christgau
(American)

Italo CalvinoItalo Calvino
(Italian,American)
Dorothy L. SayersDorothy L. Sayers
(British)
Taslima NasrinTaslima Nasrin
(Bangladeshi)

Michel HouellebecqMichel Houellebecq
(French)
Paul VerlainePaul Verlaine
(French)
Robert Anton WilsonRobert Anton Wilson
(American)

Guy DebordGuy Debord
(French)
Cesare LombrosoCesare Lombroso
(Italian)
Hilary MantelHilary Mantel
(British)

Lu XunLu Xun
(Chinese)
Vaikom Muhammad BasheerVaikom Muhammad Basheer
(Indian)
Fredric JamesonFredric Jameson
(American)

François-René de ChateaubriandFrançois-René de Chateaubriand
(French)
Tristan TzaraTristan Tzara
(French)
Corneliu Zelea CodreanuCorneliu Zelea Codreanu
(Romanian)

Linda Moulton HoweLinda Moulton Howe
(American)
Houston Stewart ChamberlainHouston Stewart Chamberlain
(German,British)
Amos OzAmos Oz
(Israeli)