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List of notable or famous essayists from Canada, with bios and photos, including the top essayists born in Canada and even some popular essayists who immigrated to Canada. If you're trying to find out the names of famous Canadian 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 Canada is included when available.

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

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Bharati Mukherjee is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Essayists from Canada
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Bharati Mukherjee is an Indian-born American writer who is currently a professor in the department of English at the University of California, Berkeley. ...more

Age: 75

Birthplace: Kolkata, India

Profession: Professor, Novelist, Author, Essayist, Writer

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#65 on History's Greatest Essayists

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David Rakoff is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Essayists from Canada
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David Benjamin Rakoff was a Canadian-born American writer based in New York City who was noted for his humorous, sometimes autobiographical non-fiction essays. Rakoff was an essayist, journalist, and actor, and a regular contributor to WBEZ's This American Life. Rakoff described himself as a "New ...more

Age: Died at 48 (1964-2012)

Birthplace: Montreal, Canada

Profession: Journalist, Author, Essayist, Actor, Writer

Credits: Capote, The New Tenants

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Dennis Beynon Lee, OC, MA is a Canadian poet, teacher, editor, and critic born in Toronto, Ontario. He is also a children's writer, well known for his book of children's rhymes, Alligator Pie. ...more

Age: 77

Birthplace: Toronto, Canada

Profession: Editor, Poet, Essayist, Critic, Teacher

Credits: Labyrinth, I'm Dancing as Fast as I Can

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Don McKay is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Essayists from Canada
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Don McKay, CM is a Canadian poet, editor, and educator. Born in Owen Sound, Ontario and raised in Cornwall, McKay was educated at the University of Western Ontario and the University of Wales, where he earned his PhD in 1971. He taught creative writing and English for 27 years in universities ...more

Age: 73

Birthplace: Owen Sound, Canada

Profession: Editor, Poet, Educator, Essayist

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