List of essayists


List of essayists

This article is an abbreviated list of essayists - individuals notable for writing essays on various topics.

Note: An individual's country of birth is not always indicative of his or her nationality.

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A

* Augurio Abeto, The Philippines
* Joseph Addison (1672-1719, England)
* Jean Améry (1912-1978, Austria)
* Kingsley Amis (1922–1995, United Kingdom)
* Martin Amis (born 1949, United Kingdom)
* Matthew Arnold (1822–1888, United Kingdom)
* Anastasia Ashman (born 1964, United States)
* Isaac Asimov (1920–1992, Russia)
* W. H. Auden (1907–1973, United Kingdom)

B

* Francis Bacon (1561–1626, England)
* James Baldwin (1924-1987, United States)
* John Perry Barlow (born 1947, United States)
* Julian Barnes (born 1946, United Kingdom)
* Jacques Barzun (born 1907, France)
* Charles Baudelaire (1821–1867, France)
* Hilaire Belloc (1870–1953, United Kingdom)
* Jorge Luis Borges (1899–1986, Argentina)
* Alain de Botton (born 1969, Switzerland)
* Giannina Braschi (born 1953, Puerto Rico, United States)
* William Brandon (1914–2002, United States)
* Alfred Brendel (born 1931, Czechoslovakia)
* Christopher Buckley (born 1952, United States)
* Anthony Burgess (1917–1993, United Kingdom)
* Richard de Bury (1287–1345, England)

C

* Italo Calvino (1923–1985, Italy)
* Albert Camus (1913–1960, Algeria)
* Rafael Cansinos Assens (1882–1964, Spain)
* John Carey (born 1934, United Kingdom)
* Otto Maria Carpeaux (1900–1978, Austria)
* G. K. Chesterton (1874–1936, United Kingdom)
* J. M. Coetzee (b. 1940, Australia)
* William Cobbett (1763–1835, Great Britain)
* Charles Caleb Colton (1780–1832, Great Britain)
* Cyril Connolly (1903–1974, United Kingdom)
* Emil Cioran (1911–1995) ll Romania)
* A. J. Cronin (1896-1981, Scotland)

D

* Mike Daisey (born 1973, United States)
* Joan Didion (born 1934, United States)
* Annie Dillard (born 1945, United States)
* John Dolan (born 1955, United States)
* Denis Donoghue (born 1920, Ireland)
* John Dryden (1631–1700, England)

E

* Klaus Ebner (born 1964, Austria)
* Umberto Eco (born 1932, Italy)
* T. S. Eliot (1888–1965, United States)
* Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882, United States)
* Joseph Epstein (born 1937, United States)
* Filip Erceg (born 1979, Croatia)

F

* Anne Fadiman (born 1953), United States
* Frantz Fanon (1925-1961, Martinique)
* Richard Farmer (1735–1797, England)
* Benito Jerónimo Feijoo e Montenegro (1676-1764, Spain)
* E. M. Forster (1879-1970, England)
* Ian Frazier (born 1951, United States)
* Robert Fulghum (born 1937, United States)
* Joan Fuster (1922–1992, Catalan Countries)

G

* Harry Gamboa, Jr. (born 1951, United States)
* Karl-Markus Gauß (born 1954, Austria)
* Malcolm Gladwell (born 1963, United Kingdom)
* Stephen Jay Gould (1941–2002, United States)
* Paul Graham (born 1964, Weymouth, England)
* A. C. Grayling (born 1949, United Kingdom)

H

* Carla Harryman (born 1952, California)
* William Hazlitt (1778–1830, England)
* Saeko Himuro (1957-2008, Japan)
* Fumi Hirano (born 1955, Japan)
* Christopher Hitchens (born 1949, United Kingdom)
* Hugh Hood (1928–2000, Canada)
* Langston Hughes (1902–1967, United States)
* Leigh Hunt (1784–1859, England)

J

* Michael Johns (born 1964, United States)
* Samuel Johnson (1709–1784, England)

K

* Frank Kermode (born 1919, United Kingdom)
* Chuck Klosterman (born 1972, United States)
* Miroslav Krleza (1893–1981, Croatia)

L

* Tomislav Ladan (born 1932, Serbia)
* Laila Lalami (born 1968, Morocco)
* Charles Lamb (1775–1834, England)
* Shankar Lamichhane, Nepal
* Corinne Lee (United States)
* C. S. Lewis (1898–1963, Ireland)
* Tim Lilburn (born 1950, Canada)
* Xun Lu (1881-1936, China)

M

* Maurice Maeterlinck (1862–1949), Belgium)
* Norman Mailer (1923–2007, United States)
* Jorge Majfud (born 1969, Uruguay)
* Nathan McCall (born 1955, United States)
* Mary McCarthy (1912–1989, United States)
* Tim McKay (born 1947, United States)
* H. L. Mencken (1880–1956, United States)
* Arthur Miller (1915–2005, United States)
* Pankaj Mishra (born 1969, India)
* Donald Grant Mitchell (1822–1908, United States)
* Michel de Montaigne (1533–1592, France)

N

* V. S. Naipaul (born 1932, Trinidad and Tobago)
* Ukichiro Nakaya (1900-1962, Japan)
* Virgil Nemoianu (born 1940, Romania)
* Celeste Newbrough (born 1939, United States)
* Kathleen Norris (poet) (born 1947, United States)

O

* Joyce Carol Oates (born 1938, United States)
* Guy d'Obonner (born 1956, Ireland)
* George Orwell (1903–1950, United Kingdom)

P

*Noel Perrin (1927–2004, United States}
* Sam Pickering (born 1941, United States)
* Mestrius Plutarch (46–127, Boeotia, Ancient Greece)
* Katherine Ann Porter (1890–1980, United States)
* Kevin Prufer (born 1969, United States)
* Edgar Allan Poe (1809–1849, United States)

Q

* Thomas de Quincey (1785–1859, England)

R

* Kenneth Rexroth (1905–1985, United States)
* Richard Rodriguez (born 1944, United States)
* Bertrand Russell (1872–1970, United Kingdom)

* Edward Said (1935–2003, Palestine)
* John Ralston Saul (born 1947, Canada)
* Dan Schneider (born 1965, United States)
* Robert Schumann (1810–1856, Germany)
* David Sedaris (born 1956, United States)
* Rafael Calvo Serer (1916–1988, Spain)
* George Bernard Shaw (1856–1950, Ireland)
* Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792–1822, England)
* Clay Shirky (born ???, United States)
* Andrew Slattery (born 1981, Australia)
* Jean Edward Smith (born 1932, United States)
* Walid Soliman (born 1975, Tunisia)
* Rebecca Solnit, United States
* Susan Sontag (1933–2004, United States)
* Lytton Strachey (1880–1932, United Kingdom)

T

* Vijay Tendulkar (b. 1928) India
* Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910) Russia
* Lionel Trilling (1905–1975, United States)
* George W. S. Trow (1943-2006, United States)

V

* Andrew Vachss (born 1942, United States)
* Gore Vidal (born 1925, United States)
* François de Voltaire (1697–1778, France)

W

* Richard Wagner (1813–1883, Germany)
* Rebecca West (1892–1983, United Kingdom)
* E. B. White (1899–1985, United States)
* Oscar Wilde (1852-1900), Ireland)
* Tom Wolfe (born 1931, United States)
* Virginia Woolf (1882–1941, United Kingdom)

Y

* Marguerite Yourcenar (1903–1987, France)

ee also

*List of writers


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