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

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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.

Mark Twain Image Mark Twain

Aldous Huxley Aldous Huxley
British, American

Voltaire Voltaire

Nassim Nicholas Taleb Nassim Nicholas Taleb
Lebanese, British, American

Paul Thomas Mann Thomas Mann
Swiss, German

Jhumpa Lahiri Jhumpa Lahiri
British, American
Alain de Botton Alain de Botton
Swiss, British

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Knut Hamsun Knut Hamsun

Junot Díaz Junot Díaz
Dominican, American

Henry Lawson Henry Lawson

Andre Dubus Andre Dubus

Amy Levy Amy Levy

Anais Nin Anais Nin