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List of famous female essayists, listed by their level of prominence with photos when available. This greatest female essayists list contains the most prominent and top females known for being essayists. There are thousand of females working as essayists in the world, but this list highlights only the most notable ones. Historic essayists have worked hard to become the best that they can be, so if you're a female aspiring to be a essayist then the people below should give you inspiration.

List people include Sandra Thompson, Mary Karr and many more.

While this isn't a list of all female essayists, it does answer the questions "Who are the most famous female essayists?" and "Who are the best female essayists?"
Zadie Smith is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Female Essayists
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Zadie Smith FRSL is an English novelist, essayist, and short story writer. As of 2012, she has published four novels, all of which have received substantial critical praise. In 2003, she was included on Granta's list of 20 best young authors, and was also included in the 2013 list.She joined New ...more

Age: 41

Birthplace: London Borough of Brent, London, United Kingdom

Profession: Novelist, Author, Essayist, Writer

Also Ranked

#39 on The Greatest Living Writers & Most Famous Authors Today

#21 on The 30+ Best Living Novelists & Fiction Authors Today, Ranked

#74 on The Greatest Female Novelists Ever

#35 on History's Greatest Essayists

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Taslima Nasrin is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Female Essayists
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Taslima Nasrin is a Bangladeshi author and former physician who has lived in exile since 1994. From a literary profile as a poet in the late 1980s, she rose to global fame by the end of the 20th century owing to her essays and novels with feminist views and criticism of religion. Since leaving ...more

Age: 54

Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden

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

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Flannery O'Connor is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Female Essayists
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Mary Flannery O'Connor was an American writer and essayist. An important voice in American literature, she wrote two novels and 32 short stories, as well as a number of reviews and commentaries. She was a Southern writer who often wrote in a Southern Gothic style and relied heavily on regional ...more

Age: Died at 39 (1925-1964)

Birthplace: Savannah, Georgia, United States of America

Profession: Novelist, Author, Essayist, Writer

Credits: Wise Blood^! Katafalk^! A Circle in the Fire^! The Displaced Person

Also Ranked

#17 on The Best Female Authors of All Time

#16 on The Best Catholic Authors

#31 on The Greatest American Writers of All Time

#63 on The All-Time Greatest Horror Writers

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Makiko Esumi, née Makiko Hirano is a Japanese model, actress, writer, essayist, and lyricist. Esumi is most well known for her role as Chinatsu Tsuboi in the Japanese television drama series Shomuni. Esumi won the 1995 Rookie of the Year Award at both the 19th Annual Japan Academy Prize ceremonies ...more

Age: 49

Birthplace: Izumo, Japan

Profession: Volleyball player, Model, Lyricist, Essayist, Actor, + more

Credits: Pistol Opera, Maborosi, Bugmaster, Inochi, Shomuni, + more

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