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English: Essays

Resources to support the teaching and learning of English

Older essays - collections

Francis Bacon

Oliver Goldsmith

Michel de Montaigne

Jonathan Swift

Oscar Wilde (scroll down to essays)

Virginia Woolf (scroll down to essays)

George Orwell's 5 greatest essays selected by Pulitzer-prize winning columnist, Michael Hiltzik

Featured contemporary essays

More than words - Tom Scott-Phillips

Human communication is a glorious chaos. And images, from art to emojis, sometimes say it so much better than language can.

Who owns the earth? - Antonia Malchik 

Private land ownership is a beautiful dream gone badly wrong. It’s time to reinstate the forgotten ideal of the commons.

The insults of age - Helen Garner 

A one-woman assault on condescension

Hear David Foster Wallace read his own essays and short fiction 

From Daenerys to Yara – the top ten women of Game of Thrones - Sheilagh O'Brien in The Conversation

Contemporary essays - author collections

Julian Burnside

30 free essays and stories by David Foster Wallace