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  • Essays in Idleness by Yoshida Kenko
  • Essays by Francis Bacon
  • The Complete Essays by Michel de Montaigne
  • The Anatomy of Melancholy by Robert Burton
  • Selected Essays by Samuel Johnson
  • A Dissertation Upon Roast Pig and Other Essays by Charles Lamb
  • Walden by Henry David Thoreau
  • The Essential Writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • The Complete Essays of Mark Twain
  • The Painter of Modern Life and Other Essays by Charles Baudelaire
  • In Defense of Sanity: The Best Essays of G.K. Chesterton
  • The Soul of Man Under Socialism and Selected Critical Prose by Oscar Wilde
  • Essays by Robert Louis Stevenson

Modern and Contemporary Essays (English Language)[]

  • A Collection of Essays by George Orwell
  • The Collected Works of W.B. Yeats (vols. IV and V)
  • Selected Essays by Virginia Woolf
  • Selected Essays by D.H. Lawrence
  • Selected Essays by T.S. Eliot
  • Kokoro by Lafcadio Hearn
  • Geography of the Imagination by Guy Davenport
  • Essays of E.B. White
  • Against Interpretation and Other Essays by Susan Sontag
  • We Tell Ourselves Stories in Order to Live by Joan Didion
  • Dreamers of Dreams: Essays on Poets and Poetry by John Simon
  • Huxley and God: Essays on Religious Experienceby Aldous Huxley
  • Mystery and Manners by Flannery O'Connor
  • Literary Essays of Ezra Pound
  • In Favor of the Sensitive Man, and Other Essays by Anais Nin
  • Portraits and Observations: The Essays of Truman Capote
  • The Best of Myles by Flann O'Brien
  • A Jacques Barzun Reader by Jacques Barzun
  • Reflections on Exile by Edward W. Said
  • The Vintage Mencken by H.L. Mencken
  • The Portable Dorothy Parker by Dorothy Parker
  • Due Considerations: Essays and Criticism by John Updike
  • Shaking a Leg: Collected Journalism and Writings by Angela Carter
  • Fame & Folly: Essays by Cynthia Ozick
  • The Donald Richie Reader by Donald Richie
  • Dreamer of Dreams by John Simon
  • On Histories and Stories by A.S. Byatt
  • Wormholes: Essays and Occasional Writings by John Fowles
  • Finding a Form by William H. Gass
  • An Elemental Thing by Eliot Weinberger

Modern and Contemporary Essays (non-English Language)[]

  • Selected Non-Fictions by Jorge Luis Borges
  • Visions of Excess by Georges Bataille
  • Species of Spaces and Other Pieces by Georges Perec
  • Letters, Numbers, Forms: Essays by Raymond Queneau
  • Selected Essays of Zhou Zuoren
  • Selected Bilingual Essays of Lin Yutang
  • Illuminations: Essays by Walter Benjamin
  • A Barthes Reader by Roland Barthes
  • Six Memos for the Next Millennium by Italo Calvino
  • The Selected Prose of Fernando Pessoa
  • Less Than One: Selected Essays by Joseph Brodsky
  • Myself With Others: Essays by Carlos Fuentes
  • The Labyrinth of Solitude by Octavio Paz
  • The Spirit of Prague by Ivan Klima
  • Encounter: Essays by Milan Kundera
  • How to Travel with a Salmon & Other Essays by Umberto Eco
  • Anathemas and Admirations by E.M. Cioran
  • Passing By: Selected Essays by Jerzy Kosinski
  • Other People's Trades by Primo Levi
  • Nobody's Home by Dubravka Ugresic
  • Campo Santo by W.G. Sebald