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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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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 Democratic Party politician who twice sought elected office; first to the House of Representatives, then to the Senate. As a political commentator and essayist, Vidal’s principal subject was the history of the United States and its society, especially how the militaristic foreign policy of the National Security State reduced the country to decadent empire. His political and cultural essays were ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Died at 87 (1925-2012)

Birthplace: West Point, Contiguous United States, New York, Orange County, United States of America, + more

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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 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

Age: Died at 62 (1949-2011)

Birthplace: England, Portsmouth

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#11 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 1984 and Animal Farm. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Died at 47 (1903-1950)

Birthplace: Motihari, India

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#8 on The Best Science-Fiction Authors

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#9 on The Best Writers 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 essays and more than 1,500 public lectures across the United States. Emerson gradually moved away from the religious and social beliefs of his contemporaries, formulating and expressing the philosophy of Transcendentalism in his 1836 essay, Nature. Following this ground-breaking work, he gave a speech entitled "The American Scholar" in 1837, which Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. considered to be ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Died at 79 (1803-1882)

Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America

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

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