Famous Essayists - List of Famous Essayists - page 2

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 16 th 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.

The Most Famous Essayists

NameBirthdayNationalityBio
Ruskin BondMay 19, 1934IndianRuskin Bond is an award winning Indian author of British descent
Lisa Brennan-JobsMay 17, 1978AmericanCheck out all that you wanted to know about Lisa Brennan-Jobs, Steve Jobs’ daughter; her birthday, her family and personal life, fun trivia facts and more.
D. H. LawrenceSeptember 11, 1885BritishD
Sandra CisnerosDecember 20, 1954AmericanSandra Cisneros is an American writer known for audaciously penning the realities and expectations from females in US and Mexico
Samuel BeckettApril 13, 1906IrishSamuel Beckett was an Irish playwright, novelist, theatre director and poet
Aldous HuxleyJuly 26, 1894British, AmericanAldous Leonard Huxley was a prominent English writer
Simone de BeauvoirJanuary 9, 1908FrenchSimone de Beauvoir was an eminent French writer, intellectual, activist, and philosopher
Robert HaydenAugust 4, 1913AmericanRobert Hayden was an American poet who wrote the famous poem, “Those Winter Sundays”
Alain de BottonDecember 20, 1969Swiss, BritishAlain de Botton is a famous novelist and is hailed as one of the most recognized philosophers in Europe
Amiri BarakaOctober 7, 1934AmericanPoet and political activist, Amiri Baraka was one of the most influential African-American writers
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr

AmericanAugust 29, 1809106 views

Mark Twain

Mark Twain was an American author and humorist

AmericanNovember 30, 1835167 views

Adrienne Rich

Adrienne Rich was an American poet, essayist and feminist

AmericanMay 16, 1929113 views

Henry Lawson

Henry Lawson was a famous Australian writer, known for works including ‘The Drover’s Wife’, and ‘Past Carin’

AustralianJune 17, 1867105 views

Maksim Bahdanovič

Belarus-born Maksim Bahdanovic was a renowned poet, journalist, and translator

Czesław Miłosz

Czeslaw Milosz was a prominent Polish-American novelist, translator, essayist and a Nobel laureate

PolishJune 30, 191196 views

Abraham Valdelomar

Abraham Valdelomar was a notable Peruvian writer, poet and art illustrator

PeruvianApril 27, 1888151 views

Jože Javoršek

Joze Javorsek was a Slovenian playwright, poet and essayist

SlovenianOctober 20, 1920168 views