es·​say·​ist | \ ˈe-ˌsā-ist \

Definition of essayist

: a writer of essays

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Minhae Shim Roth is an essayist, journalist, and academic. Minhae Shim Roth, Glamour, "My Reward for Having a Baby? A $1,000 Gucci Bag," 7 Jan. 2019 Steph Curry Piercing eyes and an essayist arguing for closing the gender pay gap? Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, "To All the Boys (and Grown Men) We’ve Loved This Summer," 31 Aug. 2018 In her debut novel, veteran essayist Martha Woodroof turns her attention to a lonesome literature professor charged with the care of his reclusive mother-in-law. Adrienne Westenfeld, Town & Country, "The Ultimate Preppy College Reading List," 3 Oct. 2014 That’s something very few essayists can accomplish. Ryan Chapman, Longreads, "Your Best Work Comes from Scaring Yourself," 29 June 2018 Merkin, an essayist and cultural critic, is at work on her second novel. Daphne Merkin, WSJ, "‘Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor’ Review: Empathy With the Stranger," 7 June 2018 For BuzzFeed Reader, poet and essayist Hanif Abdurraqib considers how holding on to the observance of Ramadan, despite an adulthood spent veering from other aspects of his faith, has been a grounding force in a busy, thoroughly modern life. Danielle Jackson, Longreads, "‘I Feel Closer to My Faith Than I Did Before’: Holding On to Ramadan," 18 May 2018 Pops: Fatherhood in Pieces, by Michael Chabon: Novelist and essayist Chabon’s latest pint-size publication packs a punch!, "Recommendations from Bookshop West Portal," 20 June 2018 The Times highlights the case of essayist Ada Calhoun, whose next book was acquired by Audible and will first be released as an Audible exclusive; whether a print edition will be published is still to be determined. John Warner,, "Michael Lewis is going straight to audio? Not so fast, says Biblioracle columnist John Warner," 13 June 2018

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1601, in the meaning defined above

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: a writer of essays


es·​say·​ist | \ ˈe-ˌsā-ist \

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