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

This list is made up of a variety of people, including Gore Vidal and Ralph Waldo Emerson.

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

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Gore Vidal is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Essayists from the United States
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Gore Vidal was an American writer and a public intellectual known for his patrician manner, epigrammatic wit, and polished style of writing. As Eugene Louis Vidal, he was born to a political family; his maternal grandfather was Thomas Pryor Gore, U.S. Senator for Oklahoma. As Gore Vidal, he was a ...more

Age: Died at 87 (1925-2012)

Birthplace: West Point, New York, United States of America

Profession: Politician, Journalist, Novelist, Screenwriter, Author, + more

Credits: Caligula, Suddenly, Last Summer, Needlework Pictures Presents Francesco Vezzoli in Gore Vidal's 'Caligula', The Best Man

Also Ranked

#47 on The Best Gay Authors

#35 on The Best Historical Fiction Writers of All Time

#97 on Historical Figures You Most Want to Bring Back from the Dead

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Christopher Hitchens is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Essayists from the United States
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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 ...more

Age: Died at 62 (1949-2011)

Birthplace: South East England, Eurasia, South West England, Dorset, United Kingdom, + more

Profession: Commentator, Journalist, Author, Essayist, Writer, + more

Credits: Phil Ochs: There but for Fortune, Manufacturing Dissent, Collision, Human Terrain: War Becomes Academic

Also Ranked

#12 on History's Greatest Essayists

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Ralph Waldo Emerson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Essayists from the United States
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Ralph Waldo Emerson was an American essayist, lecturer, and poet, who led the Transcendentalist movement of the mid-19th century. He was seen as a champion of individualism and a prescient critic of the countervailing pressures of society, and he disseminated his thoughts through dozens of published ...more

Age: Died at 79 (1803-1882)

Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America

Profession: Poet, Author, Essayist, Writer, Philosopher

Also Ranked

#28 on The Greatest American Writers of All Time

#66 on The Most Important Leaders in U.S. History

#46 on The Greatest Poets of All Time

#16 on The Best American Poets

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Isaac Asimov is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Essayists from the United States
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Isaac Asimov was an American author and professor of biochemistry at Boston University, best known for his works of science fiction and for his popular science books. Asimov was prolific and wrote or edited more than 500 books and an estimated 90,000 letters and postcards. His books have been ...more

Age: Died at 72 (1920-1992)

Birthplace: Petrovichi, Russia

Profession: Biochemist, Historian, Novelist, Author, Essayist, + more

Credits: Bicentennial Man, I, Robot, Gandahar, Nightfall

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#27 on The Greatest American Writers of All Time

#71 on The Best Writers of All Time

#1 on The Best Science-Fiction Authors

#42 on The Best Novelists of All Time

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