Definition of essayist in English:



  • A person who writes essays, especially as a literary genre.

    • ‘If there's a literary precursor, it's the English 17th century essayist Sir Thomas Browne.’
    • ‘The noted essayist Dr. Robert Coles wrote an essay about our book, so they were calling to check facts with me.’
    • ‘Bard Cole is an essayist and short-story writer living in Tuscaloosa.’
    • ‘Poets, essayists, dramatists, novelists, and artists of the 1920s became increasingly concerned with depicting the lives of African Americans.’
    • ‘African American essayists, historians, novelists, playwrights, and poets have found in John Brown both a symbol of sacrifice and a touchstone of commitment to the cause of black freedom.’
    • ‘The novelist and essayist Thomas Mann was one of Nazism's most penetrating critics.’
    • ‘It's just that Orwell is the greatest of all such essayists - few writers have ever become so much the conscience of their time.’
    • ‘Many poets, novelists, historians, essayists, and writers flooded the market with their literary works.’
    • ‘There are prominent modern literary authors, essayists, poets, and painters.’
    • ‘Macaulay was a prolific poet, essayist, novelist, biographer and correspondent, whose life was a complex mixture of public and private.’
    • ‘Plutarch wrote in his native Greek and was a prolific essayist, philosopher, biographer, and historian.’
    • ‘Susan Sontag is one of America's best known and respected essayists and novelists.’
    • ‘He was quick to point out that though he was a great essayist, Azorín was a poor novelist.’
    • ‘Aldous Huxley was an essayist and novelist whose reputation reached its peak in the 1920's.’
    • ‘However, it is mostly as an essayist and letter writer that she excelled and put to effective use her fiery spirit as a rebel, social activist and reformer.’
    • ‘Last summer, Nicholson Baker, novelist and literary essayist, struck again at America's libraries.’
    • ‘The second view, that globalisation is about to end, has been propounded by John Ralston Saul, a Canadian essayist and novelist.’
    • ‘John Updike is a novelist, poet, short-story writer, and essayist.’
    • ‘By the late 1960s she had acquired a strong reputation as an essayist and a novelist.’
    • ‘Seamus Heaney and Derek Walcott, to take the two most obvious examples, are brilliant critics and essayists, with prose voices as original and as pleasing as their poetic ones.’
    writer, man of letters, woman of letters, wordsmith
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