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List of famous male essayists, listed by their level of prominence with photos when available. This greatest male essayists list contains the most prominent and top males known for being essayists. There are thousand of males 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 male 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 male essayists, it does answer the questions "Who are the most famous male essayists?" and "Who are the best male essayists?"
Gore Vidal is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Male Essayists
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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, Contiguous United States, New York, Orange County, United States of America, + more

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

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#46 on The Best Gay Authors

#36 on The Best Historical Fiction Writers of All Time

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Christopher Hitchens is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Male Essayists
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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: Portsmouth, England

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

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

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#12 on History's Greatest Essayists

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George Orwell is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Male Essayists
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Eric Arthur Blair (25 June 1903 21 January 1950), better known by his psuedonymGeorge Orwell, was an English author. His work is marked by a profound conscientiousness of social injustice, an intense dislike of totalitarianism, and a passion for clarity in language.His two most popular works are ...more

Age: Died at 47 (1903-1950)

Birthplace: Motihari, India

Profession: Journalist, Novelist, Essayist, Writer

Credits: Nineteen Eighty-Four, Animal Farm, Animal Farm, 1984

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#8 on The Best Writers of All Time

#8 on The Best Science-Fiction Authors

#8 on The Best Novelists of All Time

#63 on The Greatest Minds of All Time

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Ralph Waldo Emerson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Male Essayists
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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

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#30 on The Greatest American Writers of All Time

#89 on The Best Writers of All Time

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

#44 on The Greatest Poets of All Time

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