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Famous Essayists from England

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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 Eric Hitchens (13 April 1949 – 15 December 2011) was an English-American author, columnist, essayist, orator, journalist, and social critic. Hitchens was the author, co-author, editor, or co-editor of over 30 books, including five collections of essays on culture, politics, and literature. A staple of public discourse, his confrontational style of debate made him both a lauded public intellectual and a controversial public figure. He contributed to New Statesman, The Nation, The Weekly Standard, The Atlantic, London Review of Books, The Times Literary Supplement, Slate, Free Inquiry, and Vanity Fair. Having long described himself as a democratic socialist, Marxist, and an... more on Wikipedia
    • Age: Dec. at 62 (1949-2011)
    • Birthplace: England, Portsmouth

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    Dorothy L. Sayers

    Dorothy Leigh Sayers (; 13 June 1893 – 17 December 1957) was an English crime writer and poet. 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 that feature English aristocrat and amateur sleuth Lord Peter Wimsey, which 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: South East England, Eurasia, United Kingdom, Oxford, England
  • 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 pen name George Orwell, was an English novelist and essayist, journalist and critic, whose work is characterised by lucid prose, awareness of social injustice, opposition to totalitarianism, and outspoken support of democratic socialism.As a writer, Orwell produced literary criticism and poetry, fiction and polemical journalism; and is best known for the allegorical novella Animal Farm (1945) and the dystopian novel Nineteen Eighty-Four (1949). His non-fiction works, including The Road to Wigan Pier (1937), documenting his experience of working-class life in the north of England, and Homage to Catalonia (1938), an... 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 (1 May 1672 – 17 June 1719) 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: Milston, United Kingdom

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