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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.

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Christopher Hitchens is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Essayists from England
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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 books, including five collections of essays, on a range of subjects, including politics, literature and religion. A staple of talk shows and lecture circuits, his confrontational style of debate made him both a lauded and controversial figure. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. at 62 (1949-2011)

Birthplace: England, Portsmouth

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Dorothy L. Sayers is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Essayists from England
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Dorothy Leigh Sayers was a renowned English 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 that feature English aristocrat and amateur sleuth Lord Peter Wimsey, that remain popular to this day. However, Sayers herself considered her translation of Dante's Divine Comedy to be her best work. She is also known for her plays, literary criticism and essays. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. at 64 (1893-1957)

Birthplace: Oxford, United Kingdom

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George Orwell is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Essayists from England
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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 1984 and Animal Farm. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. at 47 (1903-1950)

Birthplace: Motihari, India

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Joseph Addison is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Essayists from England
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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 on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. at 47 (1672-1719)

Birthplace: England

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