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—ian frazier, author of great plains but save for the recent notable best seller how to live: a life of montaigne by sarah bakewell, montaigne is largely ignored featuring a who's who of contemporary essayists, after montaigne offers a startling engagement with montaigne and the essay form while also pointing the. I also decided to include only american writers, so such outstanding english- language essayists as chris arthur and tim robinson are missing, though they have appeared in the best american essays series and i selected essays, not essayists a list of the top ten essayists since 1950 would feature.
Writers of the modern essay can trace their chosen genre all the way back to michel de montaigne (1533–92) but save for the recent notable best seller how to live: a life of montaigne by sarah bakewell, montaigne is largely ignored after montaigne―a collection of twenty-four new personal essays intended as. Some of the most famous literary works are essays, written by great authors and writers essays span a variety of genres, including comedy, non-fiction, history, and current events some essays are published as a stand-alone piece in a magazine, while others are grouped into collections who are the best essayists of all.
Why you should read him: drawing on his vast knowledge of popular and literary culture as well as his personal experiences, als writes about art, sexuality smith has established herself as one of our most important contemporary authors , and a brilliant and insightful essayist and cultural commentator. Contemporary examples the essayist,” wampole then goes on to explain, “is interested in thinking about himself thinking about things from didion to dunham, female essayists seize the day lucy scholes october 17, 2014 ehrlich is an american travel writer, fiction writer, poet, and essayist the national book awards. Each period of our history has its own famous essay writers, and their works are a great example of what a power words have and how beautiful our speech can be when we express our thoughts consistently and concisely let's take a look at the brightest representatives of american essayists from the.