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List of famous essay books, listed alphabetically with jacket cover images of the books when available. Information for these popular essay books is included as well, such as the author's name and the book's publication date. This list includes the best essay novels, textbooks, and stories, so use it to find books you haven't already read and add them to your reading list.

A list made up of books like Me Talk Pretty One Day and A Room of One's Own.

This list should answer the questions, "What are the best essay books?" and "What are the most famous essay books?"

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2030. La tempesta perfetta - C... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Essay Books and Novels
Gianluca Comin Un’impressionante convergenza di sintomi e di diagnosi porta a dire che la tempesta si sta avvicinando. Gli scienziati lanciano l’allarme: il capo dei consulenti scientifici del governo inglese ...more

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A Dangerous Profession: A Book... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Essay Books and Novels
Frederick Busch A Dangerous Profession: A Book About the Writing Life is a book by Frederick Busch.

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A Leaky Tent Is a Piece of Par... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Essay Books and Novels
A Leaky Tent Is a Piece of Paradise: 20 Young Writers on Finding a Place in the Natural World is a book edited by Bonnie Tsui.

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A Little More About Me is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Essay Books and Novels

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A Praed Street Dossier is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Essay Books and Novels
August Derleth A Praed Street Dossier is a collection of detective fiction short stories, essays and marginalia by author August Derleth. It was released in 1968 by Mycroft & Moran in an edition of 2,904 ...more

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A Room of One's Own is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Essay Books and Novels
Virginia Woolf A Room of One's Own is an extended essay by Virginia Woolf. First published on 24 October 1929, the essay was based on a series of lectures she delivered at Newnham College and Girton College, ...more

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A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Ne... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Essay Books and Novels
David Foster Wallace A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again: Essays and Arguments is a 1997 collection of nonfiction writing by David Foster Wallace. In the title essay, originally published in Harper's as ...more

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A Writer's Nightmare is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Essay Books and Novels
R. K. Narayan A Writer's Nightmare is a collection of essays by R. K. Narayan published in 1988 by Penguin Books. The essays included in the book are about topics as diverse as the caste system, love, Nobel ...more

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A Year with Swollen Appendices is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Essay Books and Novels
Brian Eno A Year with Swollen Appendices is a book by Brian Eno.

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Adding a Dimension is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Essay Books and Novels
Isaac Asimov Adding a Dimension is a collection of seventeen scientific essays by Isaac Asimov. It was the third of a series of books collecting essays from The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. It ...more

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After Henry is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Essay Books and Novels
Joan Didion After Henry is a 1992 book of essays by Joan Didion. The entire contents of this book are reprinted in We Tell Ourselves Stories in Order to Live: Collected Nonfiction.

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Ailleurs is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Essay Books and Novels
Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clézio Ailleurs are the transcripts of a series of interviews between Jean-Louis Ezine and the French Nobel laureate J. M. G. Le Clézio.

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Ali's Smile: Naked Scientology is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Essay Books and Novels
William S. Burroughs Ali's Smile: Naked Scientology is a collection of essays and a short story by American Beat writer William S. Burroughs. First published in 1971 as the short story "Ali's Smile", the ...more

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Amok: Essays from an Asian Ame... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Essay Books and Novels
Emil Guillermo Amok: Essays from an Asian American Perspective is a book written by Emil Guillermo.

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An Empire Wilderness: Travels ... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Essay Books and Novels
Robert D. Kaplan An Empire Wilderness: Travels into America's Future is a book by Robert D. Kaplan.

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An Instinct for the Kill is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Essay Books and Novels
Antonella Gambotto-Burke An Instinct for the Kill is the second of Antonella Gambotto-Burke's books and her second anthology. It was dedicated to investment banker Mark Burrows. In his introduction to the book, Edward ...more

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An Urchin in the Storm: Essays... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Essay Books and Novels
Stephen Jay Gould An Urchin in the Storm is a 1987 essay collection from paleontologist and science writer Stephen Jay Gould. All but one of the essays had originally appeared in The New York Review of Books. ...more

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Animals and Women: Feminist Th... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Essay Books and Novels
Animals and Women: Feminist Theoretical Explorations is a book edited by Carol J. Adams and Josephine Donovan.

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As of This Writing: The Essent... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Essay Books and Novels
Clive James As of This Writing: The Essential Essays, 1968-2002 is a book by Clive James.

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Bad Elements: Chinese Rebels F... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Essay Books and Novels
Ian Buruma Bad Elements is a book about contemporary Chinese history by Ian Buruma, published by Random House on November 20, 2001. The book's subtitle, "Chinese Rebels from Los Angeles to ...more

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Bad Girls: 26 Writers Misbehav... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Essay Books and Novels
Bad Girls: 26 Writers Misbehave is a book edited by Ellen Sussman.

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Barrel Fever is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Essay Books and Novels
David Sedaris Barrel Fever and Other Stories is a 1994 collection of short stories and essays by David Sedaris. The book is divided into two sections. The first section consists of short fiction and the ...more

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Beowulf and the Critics is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Essay Books and Novels
J. R. R. Tolkien, Michael D. C. Drout Beowulf and the Critics by J. R. R. Tolkien is a book edited by Michael D. C. Drout that presents scholarly editions of the two manuscript versions of Tolkien's essays or lecture series ...more

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Bertrand Russell Speaks his Mi... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Essay Books and Novels

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Best Person Rural: Essays of a... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Essay Books and Novels
Noel Perrin Best Person Rural: Essays of a Sometime Farmer is a book by Noel Perrin.

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Beyond the Wall of Sleep is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Essay Books and Novels
H. P. Lovecraft Beyond the Wall of Sleep is a collection of fantasy, horror and science fiction short stories, poems and essays by American author H. P. Lovecraft. It was released in 1943 and was the second ...more

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Borderlands/La Frontera is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Essay Books and Novels
Gloria E. Anzaldúa Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza is a 1987 semi-autobiographical work by Gloria E. Anzaldúa that includes prose and poems by the author. The book discusses various forms of ...more

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Classics for Pleasure is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Essay Books and Novels
Michael Dirda Classics for Pleasure is a book by Michael Dirda.

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Collected Black Women's Narrat... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Essay Books and Novels
Collected Black Women's Narratives is a book edited by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

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Collezione Farnesina Experimen... is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Essay Books and Novels
Collezione Farnesina Experimenta is a bilingual book that assembles and catalogues the eighty works of the Farnesina Experimenta Art Collection, housed in Palazzo della Farnesina. Along with ...more

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Common Sense and Nuclear Warfa... is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Essay Books and Novels

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Complete Essays, Vol. 1: 1920-... is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Essay Books and Novels
Aldous Huxley Complete Essays, Vol. 1: 1920-1925 is a book by Aldous Huxley.

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Complete Essays, Vol. 2: 1926-... is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Essay Books and Novels
Aldous Huxley Complete Essays, Vol. 2: 1926-1929 is a book by Aldous Huxley.

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Complete Essays, Vol. 3: 1930-... is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Essay Books and Novels
Aldous Huxley Complete Essays, Vol. 3: 1930-1935 is a book by Aldous Huxley.

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Complete Essays, Vol. 4: 1936-... is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Essay Books and Novels
Aldous Huxley Complete Essays, Vol. 4: 1936-1938 is a book by Aldous Huxley.

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Complete Essays, Vol. 5: 1938-... is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Essay Books and Novels
Aldous Huxley Complete Essays, Vol. 5: 1938-1956 is a book by Aldous Huxley.

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Complete Essays, Vol. 6: 1956-... is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Essay Books and Novels
Aldous Huxley Complete Essays, Vol. 6: 1956-1963 is a book by Aldous Huxley.

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Consider the Lobster: And Othe... is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Essay Books and Novels
David Foster Wallace Consider the Lobster and Other Essays is a collection of essays by novelist David Foster Wallace. It is also the title of one of the essays, which was published in Gourmet Magazine in 2004.

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Conversaciones: Relatos Por Pa... is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Essay Books and Novels
Mariana Romo-Carmona Conversaciones: Relatos Por Padres y Madres de Hijas Lesbianas y Hijos Gay is a book by Mariana Romo-Carmona.

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Counterinsurgency in Modern Wa... is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Essay Books and Novels
Counterinsurgency in Modern Warfare is a book edited by Carter Malkasian and Daniel Marston.

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Creative Democracy is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Essay Books and Novels
John Dewey "Creative Democracy: The Task Before Us" is a 1939 essay by American philosopher John Dewey. Dewey's essay was originally delivered as a speech by philosopher Horace Kallen on October ...more

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Cultural Amnesia: Notes in the... is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Essay Books and Novels
Clive James Cultural Amnesia is a book of biographical essays by Clive James, first published in 2007. The U.K. title, published by MacMillan, is Cultural Amnesia: Notes in the Margin of My Time, while the ...more

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Curtain: An Essay in Seven Par... is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Essay Books and Novels
Milan Kundera The Curtain is a seven-part essay by Milan Kundera, along with The Art of the Novel and Testaments Betrayed composing a type of trilogy of book-length essays on the European novel. The Curtain ...more

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Deconstructive variations: mus... is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Essay Books and Novels
Rose Rosengard Subotnik Contents: Whose magic flute? : intimations of reality at the gates of the Enlightenment -- How could Chopin’s A-major prelude be deconstructed? -- Toward a deconstruction of structural listening ...more

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Depth of Field: Essays on Phot... is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Essay Books and Novels
A. D. Coleman Depth of Field: Essays on Photographs, Lens Culture and Mass Media is a book by A. D. Coleman.

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Developing variations: style a... is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Essay Books and Novels

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Dinosaur in a Haystack: Reflec... is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Essay Books and Novels
Stephen Jay Gould Dinosaur in a Haystack is the seventh volume of collected essays by the Harvard paleontologist Stephen Jay Gould. The essays were culled from his monthly column "The View of Life" in ...more

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Don't Dream is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Essay Books and Novels
Donald Wandrei Don't Dream is a collection of science fiction, fantasy and horror stories by author Donald Wandrei. It was released in 1997 by Fedogan & Bremer in an edition of 2,000 copies. The collection ...more

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Dreamings: The Art of Aborigin... is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Essay Books and Novels
Peter Sutton Dreamings: The Art of Aboriginal Australia is a book by Peter Sutton.

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Dress Your Family in Corduroy ... is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Essay Books and Novels
David Sedaris Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim is a 2004 collection of 22 autobiographical essays by American humorist David Sedaris. The essays address the author's upbringing in Raleigh, North ...more