Essayist In The

  • The essayist was the third son.

  • Emerson the essayist was a condensation of Emerson the lecturer.

  • ROBERT LEWIS BALFOUR STEVENSON (1850-1894), British essayist, novelist and poet, was the only child of Thomas Stevenson, civil engineer, and his wife, Margaret Isabella Balfour.

  • Among his publications were the well-known quarterly magazine Y Traethodydd (" The Essayist"), Gwyddoniadur Cymreig (" Encyclopaedia Cambrensis"), and Dr Silvan Evans's English-Welsh Dictionary (1868), but his greatest achievement in this field was the newspaper Baner Cymru (" The Banner of Wales"), founded in 1857 and amalgamated with Yr Amserau (" The Times") two years later.

  • THOMAS CARLYLE (1795-1881), British essayist, historian and philosopher,born on the 4th of December 1795 at Ecclefechan, in Annandale, was the eldest of the nine children of James Carlyle by his second wife, Janet Aitken.

  • FRANCIS BACON (BARON VERULAM, VISCOUNT ST ALBANS) (1561-1626), English philosopher, statesman and essayist, was born at York House in the Strand, London, on the 22nd of January 1560/1.

  • 1852) has done good work both as an essayist and as an historian of literature.

  • Maria Amalia Vaz de Carvalho, a highly gifted critic and essayist whose personality and cercle call to mind the 18th-century poetess, the Marqueza.

  • As philosopher, politician, historian, essayist, orator, he aimed at lucid and harmonious expression - not, indeed, neglecting the importance of the material he undertook to treat, but approaching his task in the spirit of an artist rather than a thinker or a man of action.

  • RALPH WALDO EMERSON (1803-1882), American poet and essayist, was born in Boston, Massachusetts, on the 25th of May 1803.

  • The Rev. William Hazlitt (father of the essayist and critic), visiting the United States in 1783-1785, published the fact that there were Unitarians in Philadelphia, Boston, Charleston, Pittsburg, Hallowell, on Cape Cod and elsewhere.

  • He never married, thus further fulfilling his policy of what one of his essayist-biographers has termed "indulgence in fine renouncements."

  • As an author he was a clever essayist and epigrammatist.

  • SAMUEL MORISON BROWN (1817-1856), Scottish chemist, poet and essayist, born at Haddington on the 23rd of February 1817, was the fourth son of Samuel Brown, the founder of itinerating libraries, and grandson of John Brown, author of the Self-Interpreting Bible.

  • MICHEL DE MONTAIGNE (1533-1592), French essayist, was born, as he himself tells us, between eleven o'clock and noon on the 28th of February 1533.

  • The patronymic of the Montaigne family, who derived their title from the château at which the essayist was born and which had been bought by his grandfather, was Eyquem.

  • When Henry of Navarre came to the throne of France, he wished Montaigne, whom he had again visited in 1587, to come to court, but the essayist refused.

  • HANS PRUTZ (1843-), German historian, son of Robert Eduard Prutz (1816-1872), the essayist and historian; was born at Jena on the 10th of May 1843, and was educated at the universities of Jena and Berlin.

  • Dan Rather speaks at the Gotham Independent Film Awards in 2015. His new collection of essays is called What Unites Us. Larry Busacca/Getty Images for IFP hide caption

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    Dan Rather speaks at the Gotham Independent Film Awards in 2015. His new collection of essays is called What Unites Us.

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    What Unites Us

    Reflections on Patriotism

    by Dan Rather and Elliot Kirschner

    Dan Rather's career has entered a new phase. At age 86, he's again speaking to millions of people every day.

    It's not at CBS, where he anchored the Evening News for decades — instead, Facebook has given him a new audience. That's where he writes essays about the news of the day.

    Here's an excerpt of what he posted this past Monday, when members of the Trump campaign were indicted.

    We are a nation of laws. President Donald Trump and all those around him who have not yet been named in an indictment have the presumption of innocence. As do those who have been arrested and not plead guilty. But what has unfolded today is the working of a very meticulous and seasoned prosecutor who is sending an unambiguous message. This is real. And a lot more is out there. The shockwaves coursing through Washington and the world are only beginning.

    Make no mistake, Bob Mueller almost assuredly knows a lot more than he has let on. He also knows how to unfold a prosecution, to turn up the heat, send shots across bows, and build a case up the ladder. The fact that he started with such big names is telling. The hints at other knowledge, and other people, in the indictment is a serious clue that many more shoes are likely to drop. The plea deal that was off the radar suggests there are names and actions that the public has yet to give scrutiny, but the Mueller team has been hard at work ferreting out. And the president reportedly fumes about a narrative he cannot control.

    Now Dan Rather has a new book — a collection of essays, called What Unites Us: Reflections On Patriotism. It's a topic that can make him quite emotional.

    "Our founding documents contain some of the most beautiful and noble words ever put on paper," Rather says. "I recite them often and love them with every fiber of my being. We the people, all of us, are living together in perhaps the greatest social and governmental experiment ever conceived. We are being tested. How can we prepare ourselves for the moment? Are we up to the challenge?"

    Interview Highlights

    On patriotism being used as a political bludgeon, and if he thinks that can be changed

    I do, though we need to look to our history at least a little. We've been through some really difficult times before as a country — and now we find ourselves in a period of, seemingly, chaos and havoc at the very top of the government, particularly in the executive branch. So what we've done is we've descended into extreme partisan politics and set-in concrete ideologies. But we're better than that.

    And I remind myself and try to remind others that, you know, the country as a whole is stronger than any president, and that if we just lower the volume and say, 'Let's have civil discourse,' and to return, yes, to our core American values, take an attitude of, 'Listen, we agree on so much — we agree on the right to vote, we agree on the need for empathy.' There are fundamental things that we agree on, so concentrate on those things — and where we have disagreements, say, 'OK, we disagree about these things. Let's discuss them in a very civil manner, lower the temperature and talk to one another.'

    On his mix of optimism and alarm about the nation

    I do worry about that quite a bit. I recognize that my time to shape the world in even a small way is receding, but I keep coming back to one of my father's favorite words: 'Steady. Just hold steady. Do what you can.' You know, President John Kennedy asked, 'Ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country.' And if we just hold ourselves steady and say to ourselves, 'Let me do something today that helps my community, that helps my country,' we'll begin to crawl and claw ourselves back to a more reasonable state, and that way, going forward in the 21st century, we can have a better country than we have had, and let's face it — we have had a very good country.

    On the impact he's had via Facebook that he could not have had at CBS

    That's absolutely true, totally unexpected, and one of the great surprises of my life. Look, I was at CBS News for 44 years, 24 of them in the anchor chair. CBS News was part of my identity — I mean, "Dan Rather, CBS News" was just, in my own mind, almost my name. And when I left there, under those circumstances, I said to myself, when it was finally over, "I don't know what I'm going to do. I still want to work, I have a passion for reporting news, but is anybody going to hire me? Can I find anything to do?"

    But to have this social media phenomenon happen — I do find it amazing and humbling. Granted, humbling is not a word usually associated with present or past television anchorpeople, but I do feel that way. I don't profess to understand it, but I am very grateful for it. You know, one of the things has happened to me with age — I think it may happen to quite a few people — is that I'm deeper into gratitude, humility and modesty than I've ever been. That may be damning with faint praise, but I have really learned the value of it. And I will say that, you know, part of what made this book possible was the, to me, still incredible response that we've seen on social media. And I see this book What Unites Us as an extension of that spirit, but one that's broader in its mandate.

    Fatma Tanis and Melissa Gray produced and edited the audio of this interview. Patrick Jarenwattananon and Sydnee Monday adapted it for the web.

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