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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.

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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 York University's Creative Writing Program as a tenured professor on 1 September 2010. Smith has won the Orange Prize for Fiction and the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award in 2006 and her novel White Teeth was included in Time magazine's TIME 100 Best English-language Novels from 1923 to 2005 list. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 42

Birthplace: London Borough of Brent, London, United Kingdom

Also Ranked

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

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

#70 on The Greatest Female Novelists Ever

#33 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 Bangladesh in 1994 on account of threat calls, she has lived in many countries; as of June 2011 she lives in New Delhi. She works to build support for secular humanism, freedom of thought, equality for women, and human rights by publishing, lecturing, and campaigning. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 55

Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden

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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 settings and grotesque characters. Her writing also reflected her own Roman Catholic faith, and frequently examined questions of morality and ethics. O'Connor's Complete Stories won the 1972 U.S. National Book Award for Fiction and was named the "Best of the National Book Awards" by internet visitors in 2009. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Died at 39 (1925-1964)

Birthplace: Savannah, Georgia, United States of America

Also Ranked

#74 on The Best Novelists of All Time

#27 on The Greatest American Writers of All Time

#23 on The Best Female Authors of All Time

#8 on The Best Short Story Writers of All Time

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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 and at the 38th Blue Ribbon Awards for her role in the 1995 film Maborosi. She was nominated in 2002 for the Best Actress Award at the 26th Annual Japan Academy Prize ceremonies for her role in Inochi. In 2000, she released her single, One Way Drive, featuring guitar work and production by Tomoyasu Hotei, who also co-wrote the song with Esumi. She wrote a children's book in 2005. Esumi is married ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 49

Birthplace: Izumo, Japan

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