Essayist in History

Famous Birthdays

  • 1036-12-19 Su Tung-p'o, China, poet/essayist/painter/calligrapher
  • 1533-02-28 Michel de Montaigne, French essayist/philosopher

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1561-01-22 Francis Bacon, Strand, statesman/essayist (Novum Organum), born in London, England (d. 1626)

Statesman/Philosopher Francis Bacon
Statesman/Philosopher
Francis Bacon
  • 1672-05-01 Joseph Addison, England, essayist (Spectator)
  • 1689-05-15 Mary Wortley Montagu, English essayist, feminist, eccentric (baptism 26 May)

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1694-11-21 Voltaire [Francois-Marie Arouet], French writer, philosopher and playwright (Candide), born in Paris (d. 1778)

Enlightenment Philosopher Voltaire
Enlightenment Philosopher
Voltaire

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1737-01-29 Thomas Paine, English-American political essayist (Common Sense, Age of Reason), born in Thetford, England (d. 1809)

Voice of the American Revolution Thomas Paine
Voice of the American Revolution
Thomas Paine
  • 1775-02-10 Charles Lamb, British critic/poet/essayist (Essays of Elia), born in London, England (d. 1834)
  • 1778-04-10 William Hazlitt, Maidstone essayist/critic, born in Kent, England

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1795-12-04 Thomas Carlyle, Scottish essayist and historian (French Revolution), born in Ecclefechan, Scotland (d. 1881)

Historian and Essayist Thomas Carlyle
Historian and Essayist
Thomas Carlyle

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1803-05-25 Ralph Waldo Emerson, American essayist/philosopher (Concord Hymn), born in Boston, Massachusetts

Lecturer and Poet Ralph Waldo Emerson
Lecturer and Poet
Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • 1848-11-06 Richard Jefferies, English naturalist and essayist, born in Coate, Swindon, England (d. 1887)
  • 1849-11-05 Rui Barbosa, Brazil, statesman/jurist/essayist/civil liberties
  • 1853-01-28 Jose Martí y Perez, Cuba, poet/essayist/politician
  • 1864-12-12 Paul Elmer More, American essayist (d. 1937)
  • 1865-10-18 Logan Pearsall Smith, American essayist and critic (d. 1946)
  • 1870-10-16 Helge Rode, Danish poet/essayist
  • 1871-03-27 Heinrich Mann, German novelist and essayist (Professor Unrat); brother of Thomas, born in Lübeck (d. 1950)
  • 1874-02-01 Hugo von Hofmannsthal, Austrian poet/dramatist/essayist
  • 1879-02-09 Jacques Bainville, French historian/essayist/journalist
  • 1879-04-14 James Branch Cabell, American novelist/essayist (Restless Heads)
  • 1880-09-16 Alfred Noyes, British poet/essayist (Loom of Years, Highwayman)
  • 1881-11-28 Stefan Zweig, Austrian poet, essayist and dramatist (Beware of Pity), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1942)
  • 1882-02-28 Jose Vasconcelos, politician/essayist/philosopher, born in Oaxaca, Mexico (d. 1959)
  • 1882-09-28 Eugenio d' Ors y Rovira, essayist/philosopher, born in Barcelona, Spain
  • 1883-01-04 Max Eastman, American critic/essayist and editor of The Masses (d. 1969)
  • 1885-08-18 Nettie Palmer, Australian poet and essayist (Henry Handel Richardson: A Study), born in Bendigo, Victoria, Australia (d. 1964)
  • 1892-05-07 Archibald MacLeish, Glencoe Ill, polit essayist/poet/dramatist (JB)
  • 1893-01-03 Pierre Drieu La Rochelle, French novelist/essayist (Gilles)
  • 1900-07-20 Maurice Gilliams, Flemish writer/poet/essayist (Maria's Life)
  • 1902-01-26 Menno ter Braak, Dutch writer/essayist (Carnaval of the Citizens)
  • 1908-10-22 John Gould, American humorist, essayist, and columnist (d. 2003)
  • 1913-08-28 Robertson Davies, Canadian novelist essayist/dramatist, born in Thamesville, Ontario (d. 1995)
  • 1913-11-25 Lewis Thomas, American physician and essayist (d. 1993)
  • 1914-03-25 Marthe Robert, essayist/translator

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1915-01-31 Thomas Merton, French/American Catholic writer and Trappist monk (7 Story Mountain), born in Prades, Pyrénées-Orientales, France

Catholic Writer and Trappist Monk Thomas Merton
Catholic Writer and Trappist Monk
Thomas Merton

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1917-02-25 [John] Anthony Burgess [Wilson], essayist and novelist (A Clockwork Orange), born in Harpurhey, Lancashire (d. 1993)

Novelist Anthony Burgess
Novelist
Anthony Burgess
  • 1920-09-01 Hubert Lampo, Flemish writer/essayist (Coming of Joachim Stiller)
  • 1923-08-30 Charmian Clift, Australian writer and essayist (d. 1969)
  • 1923-10-24 Denise Levertov, American poet/essayist (Joy Beneath the Skin)
  • 1924-05-15 Jaime Garcia Terre, poet/essayist
  • 1926-01-20 Jamiluddin Aali, Pakistani poet, essayist and columnist
  • 1926-09-14 Michel Butor, French novelist and essayist, born in Mons-en-Baroeul (d. 2016)
  • 1928-07-04 Paul de Wispelaere, Flemish writer/essayist/critic
  • 1928-08-26 Naïm Kattan, Canadian novelist and essayist
  • 1930-07-25 Alice Parizeau, Polish-born Quebec writer and essayist (d. 1990)
  • 1932-12-21 Edward Hoagland, American essayist
  • 1934-01-23 Pierre Bourgault, Quebec politician and essayist (d. 2003)
  • 1935-08-29 Hugo Brandt Corstius, Dutch essayist/mathematician
  • 1944-03-30 Gerrit Komrij, Dutch poet/essayist (Happy Schizo)
  • 1945-02-25 Shivadhar Srinivasa Naipaul, Trinidad, novelist, essayist (Fireflies)
  • 1948-08-23 Andrei Pleşu, Romanian writer, essayist
  • 1948-10-07 Diane Ackerman, American poet and essayist
  • 1953-09-16 Nancy Huston, Canadian-born novelist and essayist
  • 1956-12-26 David Sedaris, American essayist
  • 1960-03-13 Yuri Andrukhovych, Ukrainian writer, poet and political essayist

Famous Weddings

  • 1997-08-28 British-Indian novelist and essayist Salman Rushdie (50) weds Elizabeth West

Famous Deaths

  • 1101-07-28 Su Tung-p'o, Chinese poet/essayist/painter/calligrapher, dies at 64
  • 1824-05-04 Joseph Joubert, French essayist and moralist (b. 1754)
  • 1830-09-18 William Hazlitt, critic/essayist, dies
  • 1834-12-27 Charles Lamb, British critic/poet/essayist (Essays of Elia), dies at 59
  • 1859-12-28 Thomas Babington Macaulay, English poet and historian (Ivry, Naaseby), dies at 59

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1881-02-05 Thomas Carlyle, historian/essayist, dies in London at 85

Historian and Essayist Thomas Carlyle
Historian and Essayist
Thomas Carlyle
  • 1887-08-14 Richard Jefferies, English naturalist and essayist, dies of tuberculosis at 38
  • 1914-09-05 Charles Péguy, French poet, essayist and editor (b. 1873)
  • 1917-11-03 Léon Bloy, French novelist and essayist (b. 1846)
  • 1936-02-09 Jacques Bainville, French historian/essayist/journalist, dies at 57
  • 1937-03-09 Paul Elmer More, American critic and essayist (b. 1864)
  • 1937-03-23 Helge Rode, Danish poet/essayist, dies at 66
  • 1940-01-01 Panuganti Lakshminarasimha Rao, Indian writer and essayist (b. 1865)
  • 1952-02-09 Norman Douglas, essayist/novelist, dies
  • 1954-09-25 Eugenio d' Ors y Rovira, Spanish essayist/philosopher, dies at 71

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1956-01-29 H[enry] L[ouis] Mencken, US essayist/critic (Smart Set), dies at 75

Journalist and Critic H. L. Mencken
Journalist and Critic
H. L. Mencken
  • 1958-06-28 Alfred Noyes, British poet/essayist (Robin Hood), dies at 77
  • 1964-10-19 Nettie Palmer, Australian poet and essayist (Henry Handel Richardson: A Study), dies at 79

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1968-06-14 Salvatore Quasimodo, Italian poet/essayist (Nobel 1959), dies at 66

Author/Poet Salvatore Quasimodo
Author/Poet
Salvatore Quasimodo
  • 1969-03-25 Max Eastman, American critic/essayist (Love and Revolution), dies at 86
  • 1982-04-25 Paul de Vree, Flemish author (Round Table), dies at 72
  • 1989-08-30 Seymour Krim, American journalist, essayist, and literary critic (b. 1922)
  • 1992-12-12 Suzanne Lilar, Belgian essayist, novelist and playwright (b. 1901)

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1993-11-22 Anthony Burgess, British novelist and essayist (A Clockwork Orange), dies of cancer at 76

Novelist Anthony Burgess
Novelist
Anthony Burgess
  • 1995-12-02 Robertson Davies, Canadian novelist essayist/dramatist, dies at 82
  • 1996-04-12 Marthe Robert, essayist/translator, dies at 82
  • 1996-04-29 Jaime Garcia Terre, poet/essayist, dies at 71
  • 2001-02-01 André D'Allemagne, Quebec teacher, political observer and essayist (b. 1929)
  • 2007-08-28 Francisco Umbral, Spanish journalist, novelist, biographer and essayist (b. 1935)
  • 2008-04-20 Monica Lovinescu, Romanian essayist, literary critic and journalist (b. 1923)
  • 2008-09-12 David Foster Wallace, American author and essayist (b. 1962)
  • 2012-03-27 Adrienne Rich, American feminist poet/essayist, dies from complications of rheumatoid arthritis at 82
  • 2016-08-24 Michel Butor, French novelist and essayist (La Modification), dies at 89