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.

Sylvia BrowneSylvia Browne
(American)

David Foster WallaceDavid Foster Wallace
(American)

Arthur Conan DoyleArthur Conan Doyle
(British)
Arundhati RoyArundhati Roy
(Indian)

Paul KrugmanPaul Krugman
(American)
Pierre BourdieuPierre Bourdieu
(French)

Thomas PynchonThomas Pynchon
(American)

Yukio MishimaYukio Mishima
(Japanese)

Fareed ZakariaFareed Zakaria
(American)
Denis DiderotDenis Diderot

Joan DidionJoan Didion
(American)
David SedarisDavid Sedaris
(American)

Michel HouellebecqMichel Houellebecq
(French)

David IrvingDavid Irving
(British)

Robert ChristgauRobert Christgau
(American)
Don DeLilloDon DeLillo
(American)

Zadie SmithZadie Smith
(British)
Taslima NasrinTaslima Nasrin
(Bangladeshi)

Italo CalvinoItalo Calvino
(Italian)

Hilary MantelHilary Mantel
(British)

Cesare LombrosoCesare Lombroso
Paul VerlainePaul Verlaine
(French)

Guy DebordGuy Debord
(French)
Robert Anton WilsonRobert Anton Wilson
(American)

Masaru EmotoMasaru Emoto
(Japanese)

Michael ChabonMichael Chabon
(American)

Dorothy L. SayersDorothy L. Sayers
(British)
Lu XunLu Xun
(Chinese)

Fredric JamesonFredric Jameson
(American)
Tristan TzaraTristan Tzara
(French)

François-René de ChateaubriandFrançois-René de Chateaubriand
(French)

Amos OzAmos Oz
(Israeli)

Elias CanettiElias Canetti
(British)
Houston Stewart ChamberlainHouston Stewart Chamberlain
(German,British)

Frederica Sagor MaasFrederica Sagor Maas
(American)
James Russell LowellJames Russell Lowell
(American)

Vaikom Muhammad BasheerVaikom Muhammad Basheer
(Indian)

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