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Francis Bacon

Francis Bacon as an Essayist

Francis Bacon is the first great English essayist who enjoys a glorious reputation and considered to be the father of English essay. He remains for the sheer mass and weight of genius. His essays introduce a new form of composition into English literature.

Three Editions of Bacon’s Essays

Bacon sponsored this new literary form in English with the publication of his ten essays in 1597. It grew to thirty-eight in the edition of 1612. The number reached fifty-eight in the final issue of 1625. These essays are the results of his direct observations of men and matters.

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