Essayist English

List of notable or famous essayists from England, with bios and photos, including the top essayists born in England and even some popular essayists who immigrated to England. If you're trying to find out the names of famous English essayists then this list is the perfect resource for you. These essayists are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known essayist from England is included when available.

List includes Christopher Hitchens, Nicola Griffith and more.

This historic essayists from England list can help answer the questions "Who are some English essayists of note?" and "Who are the most famous essayists from England?" These prominent essayists of England may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected English essayists.

Use this list of renowned English essayists to discover some new essayists that you aren't familiar with. Don't forget to share this list by clicking one of the social media icons at the top or bottom of the page. (10 items)

Christopher Eric Hitchens was an Anglo-American author, literary critic and journalist. He contributed to New Statesman, The Nation, The Atlantic, London Review of Books, The Times Literary Supplement, Slate and Vanity Fair. Hitchens was the author, co-author, editor and co-editor of over thirty ...more

Age: Died at 62 (1949-2011)

Birthplace: Portsmouth, United Kingdom

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#11 on History's Greatest Essayists

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Dorothy Leigh Sayers was a renowned English crime writer, poet, playwright, essayist, translator and Christian humanist. She was also a student of classical and modern languages. She is best known for her mysteries, a series of novels and short stories set between the First and Second World Wars ...more

Age: Died at 64 (1893-1957)

Birthplace: Oxford, United Kingdom

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#23 on The Best Crime Authors

#21 on The Best Female Authors of All Time

#35 on The Greatest Female Novelists Ever

#10 on The Best Mystery Authors

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Eric Arthur Blair (25 June 1903 21 January 1950), better known by his psuedonymGeorge Orwell, was an English author. His work is marked by a profound conscientiousness of social injustice, an intense dislike of totalitarianism, and a passion for clarity in language.His two most popular works are ...more

Age: Died at 47 (1903-1950)

Birthplace: Motihari, India

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#35 on Historical Figures You Most Want to Bring Back from the Dead

#8 on The Best Novelists of All Time

#7 on The Best Writers of All Time

#63 on The Greatest Minds of All Time

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Joseph Addison was an English essayist, poet, playwright, and politician. He was the eldest son of The Reverend Lancelot Addison. His name is usually remembered alongside that of his long-standing friend, Richard Steele, with whom he founded The Spectator magazine. ...more

Age: Died at 47 (1672-1719)

Birthplace: Milston, United Kingdom

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#27 on History's Greatest Essayists

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Some of the most famous literary works are essays, written by great authors and writers. Essays span a variety of genres, including comedy, non-fiction, history, and current events. Some essays are published as a stand-alone piece in a magazine, while others are grouped into collections. Who are the best essayists of all time?
 
The essayists on this list come from a variety of backgrounds and time periods in history. Some are still currently writing. It’s no wonder that essays remain a popular literary format as authors can make a point more directly while still following a specific format, allowing the writer to get their point across, or tell their story more quickly.
 
This list features the best essayists in history, ranked as the best by voters, and including, Virginia Woolf, Geoff Dyer, Ellen Willis, Christopher Hitchens, Nora Ephron, and Zadie Smith. Vote up the best essayists below to see how the essayists you think are great rank!

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