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Essayist In English Literature

(1817-1862):
Thoreau was a man of "simple and high thinking" and his writings proved to have more of an impact on the men of the 20th century than the men of his own century, the 19th, for instance Gandhi became convinced, by reading Thoreau, of the rightness of the principle of passive resistance and civil disobedience.


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(1717-97):
"Walpole's literary reputation rests chiefly upon his letters, which deal, in the most vivacious way, with party politics, foreign affairs, literature, art and gossip. His firsthand accounts in them of such events as the Jacobite trials after the '45 and the Gordon Riots, are invaluable." (Chambers.) Though shorter versions are available, the work I possess consists of many volumes of Walpole's Letters (Edinburgh, John Grant, 1904-6).
(1593-83):
Izaak Walton, the English writer, spent the last of his years at Winchester and died there. The work he will forever be known for is his, Complete Angler, or the Contemplative Man's Recreation (1653). In it, he gives forth "a discourse of fishes, of English rivers, of fishponds, and of rods and lines." The work is interspersed with "moral reflections, quaint old verses, songs, and sayings, and idyllic glimpses of country life." it is a book of "perennial charm." (Chambers.)
(1859-1947) and (1858-1943).
(1727-97):
Wilkes was to become a Member of the English Parliament. He was to run afoul of the authorities, when, in 1763, he attacked government policy in the weekly journal which he had founded, North Briton. He was arrested and committed to the Tower. A court determined that his arrest was unconstitutional and Wilkes was released (he successfully sued for damages). "The present liberty of the press owes much to his [Wilkes'] efforts." (Chambers.)

Essayists are the writers who produce essays. Essays are the literary pieces of work in which the author presents their own arguments and reflections. Since essays convey the author’s individual views, they make for compelling and interesting reading. Essayists may write on a number of topics like politics, education, social issues, literary criticisms, environment, human rights, etc. Even though essays are primarily written in prose, essayists like Alexander Pope have taken the liberty to compose their essays in verse. Essayists, like writers of other genres, do not always believe in conforming to traditions. John Locke was one such essayist who chose to ignore the brevity element in composing his voluminous essays like ‘An Essay Concerning Human Understanding’. The French author Michel de Montaigne who lived during the 16th century is often hailed as the first essayist, though he himself claimed to have been influenced by the writings of Plutarch and Seneca. Essayists like Joseph Addison, Richard Steele and Samuel Johnson flourished during the Age of Enlightenment when essays became the preferred literary form for convincing people of their position. Scroll down further for more information on famous essayists from all over the world who enriched literature with their writings.