The outstanding essayists of the modern era are Joan Didion, Gore Vidal, Christopher Hitchens, Stephen King, Marilynne Robinson, and many others.
Definitions of the word literature tend to be circular.
Poetry that fails as literature is not called poetry at all but verse.
Many novels certainly all the worlds great novels are literature, but there are thousands that are not so considered.
The most prominent essayists of this period are as follows: The Civil war between the North and the South became a critical moment in the history of the US.
A young, enthusiastic nation now experienced all the horrors and difficulties of post-war times.
Individual attempts within these forms are said to succeed if they possess something called artistic merit and to fail if they do not.
The nature of artistic merit is less easy to define than to recognize. On the contrary, a scientific exposition might be of great literary value and a pedestrian poem of none at all.
The essay as a literary genre has been evolving over centuries and has attracted a lot of famous writers.
The origins of the term ‘essay’ are found in the 16th-century French literature.