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Overview page. Subjects: Literature.

A short written composition in prose that discusses a subject or proposes an argument without claiming to be a complete or thorough exposition. A minor literary form, the essay is more...

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essay

Edited by T. F. Hoad.

in The Concise Oxford Dictionary of English Etymology

January 1996; p ublished online January 2003 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: History of English. 56 words.

†try, test XV; try to do XVI; attempt, try to accomplish XVII. alt. of ASSAY by assim. to F. essayer

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Essay

Edited by Henry Garland and Mary Garland.

in The Oxford Companion to German Literature

January 1997; p ublished online January 2005 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Literary Studies (European). 100 words.

a term of French and English origin (Montaigne, 1580, Bacon, 1597), was first applied to German essays by

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essay

Overview page. Subjects: Literature.

A short written composition in prose that discusses a subject or proposes an argument without claiming to be a complete or thorough exposition. A minor literary form, the essay is more...

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Essays

Edited by Susie Dent.

in Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase & Fable

January 2012; p ublished online January 2013 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: History of English. 27 words.

Francis Bacon’s Essayes (1597–1625) were the first in English to bear this name. It had occurred earlier,

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essay

Julia Cresswell.

in The Oxford Dictionary of Word Origins

January 2009; p ublished online January 2010 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: History of English. 58 words.

[LME]

Essay is a variant of assay [ME] ‘try, test’, going back to Latin exigere ‘ascertain, weigh’. In writing contexts,

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essay

in World Encyclopedia

P ublished online January 2004 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: General Studies. 60 words.

(Fr. essai, ‘attempt’)

Usually short, non-fictional prose composition, written expressing a personal point of view. The essay form originated

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Essays

Paul Salzman.

in The Oxford Handbook of English Prose 1500-1640

June 2013; p ublished online August 2013 .

Article. Subjects: Literature; Literary Studies (Early and Medieval); Literary Studies (Fiction, Novelists, and Prose Writers). 8270 words.

This article discusses the various essay forms in the early modern period, from Francis Bacon's brief and controlled interventions to the sustained and wandering explorations of Sir William...

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Essays

Overview page. Subjects: Literature.

Of F. Bacon, first published in 1597, together with the ‘Christian Meditations’ and ‘Of the Colours of Good and Evil’, consisted of ten essays, in extremely bare style. The sentences are...

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REVIEW ESSAY

Jennifer Hyndman.

in International Journal of Refugee Law

January 1996; p ublished online January 1996 .

Journal Article. Subjects: Human Rights and Immigration; Refugee Studies. 0 words.

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essay <i>n</i>

David Crystal.

in The Oxford Dictionary of Original Shakespearean Pronunciation

March 2016; p ublished online October 2016 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Shakespeare Studies and Criticism. 5 words.

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Essay Film

Yelizaveta Goldfarb.

in Cinema and Media Studies

P ublished online October 2016 .

Article. Subjects: Media Studies; Film; Radio; Television. 8412 words.

The term “essay film” has become increasingly used in film criticism to describe a self-reflective and self-referential documentary cinema that blurs the lines between fiction and...

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Essay writing

Emily Finch and Stefan Fafinski.

in Criminology Skills

March 2016; p ublished online September 2016 .

Chapter. Subjects: Criminology. 12502 words.

This chapter, which focuses on essay writing, explores the ways source material can be used in coursework. It offers guidance on the stages of planning, researching, and constructing an...

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The essay

Jeffrey Johnson.

in The Oxford Handbook of John Donne

February 2011; p ublished online September 2012 .

Article. Subjects: Literature; Literary Studies (1500 to 1800); Literary Studies (Poetry and Poets). 4054 words.

This article explores the literary genre of essay beginning with Michel de Montaigne's Essais. When Michel de Montaigne published Essais, he effectively established a new literary genre....

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Shelburne Essays

Overview page. Subjects: Literature.

On literary, philosophical, and religious subjects, by Paul Elmer More, were published in 11 volumes (1904–21), and The New Shelburne Essays (3 vols., 1928–36). All show the views of the ...

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Essay writing

Emily Finch and Stefan Fafinski.

in Legal Skills

April 2015; p ublished online June 2015 .

Chapter. Subjects: Legal Skills and Practice. 16362 words.

This chapter focuses on essay writing. Earlier sections of the book outlined techniques for locating and understanding primary and secondary legal sources. The chapter builds upon those...

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Essay writing

Emily Finch and Stefan Fafinski.

in Legal Skills

March 2017; p ublished online September 2017 .

Chapter. Subjects: Legal Skills and Practice. 14675 words.

This chapter focuses on essay writing. Earlier sections of the book outlined techniques for locating and understanding primary and secondary legal sources. The chapter builds upon those...

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Essaying Montaigne:

John O'Neill.

May 2001; p ublished online June 2013 .

Book. Subjects: Literary Studies (1500 to 1800). 272 pages.

The author reads Michel de Montaigne's Essays from their central principle of friendship as a communicative and pedagogical practice operative in society, literature, and politics. The...

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Photo Essay

Caitlin Desilvey.

in The Oxford Handbook of the Archaeology of the Contemporary World

October 2013; p ublished online December 2013 .

Article. Subjects: Contemporary and Public Archaeology. 2515 words.

This illustrated essay presents a series of photographic images documenting the contents of an abandoned cobbler’s workshop in Cornwall, UK. A reflection on the process of encountering and...

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<i>Essays, The</i>

Edited by Dinah Birch and Katy Hooper.

in The Concise Oxford Companion to English Literature

January 2012; p ublished online May 2013 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Literary Studies (British and Irish). 181 words.

By Francis *Bacon, first published in 1597, together with the ‘Christian Meditations’ and ‘Of the Colours of Good and Evil’; it consisted of ten essays, in extremely bare style. The...

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<i>Essays, The</i>

Edited by Dinah Birch.

in The Oxford Companion to English Literature

January 2009; p ublished online January 2009 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Literary Studies (British and Irish). 244 words.

By Francis *Bacon, first published in 1597, together with the ‘Christian Meditations’ and ‘Of the Colours of Good and Evil’; it consisted of ten essays, in extremely bare style. The...

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