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

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Christopher Hitchens is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Essayists from the United Kingdom
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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. Known for his contrarian stance on a number of issues, Hitchens excoriated such public figures as Mother Teresa; Bill Clinton; Henry Kissinger; Noam Chomsky; ...more on Wikipedia

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Christopher John Reid, FRSL is a Hong Kong-born British poet, essayist, cartoonist, and writer. In January 2010 he won the 2009 Costa Book Award for A Scattering, written as a tribute to his late wife, the actress Lucinda Gane. Beside winning the poetry category, Reid became the first poet to take the overall Costa Book of the Year since Seamus Heaney in 1999. He had been nominated for Whitbread Awards in 1996 and in 1997. ...more on Wikipedia

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Irena Chalmers is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Essayists from the United Kingdom
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Irena Chalmers is an author and food commentator/essayist, teacher and culinary mentor. Named "the culinary oracle of 100 cookbooks" by noted American restaurant critic and journalist, Gael Greene, Chalmers is recognized as the pioneer of the single subject cookbook. Her life story reveals an unlikely journey to becoming a James Beard Foundation “Who’s Who” of Food and Beverage in America 1988 Award Recipient. ...more on Wikipedia

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Jean Rhys is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Essayists from the United Kingdom
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Jean Rhys, CBE, born Ella Gwendolyn Rees Williams, was a mid-20th-century novelist from the Caribbean island of Dominica. Educated from the age of 16 in Great Britain, she is best known for her novel Wide Sargasso Sea, written as a prequel to Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre. ...more on Wikipedia

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