Essays

A Room of One’s Own

Extended essay by Virginia Woolf, first published in September 1929. The work is based on two lectures Woolf delivered in October 1928 at Newnham College and Girton College, women’s constituent colleges at the University of Cambridge.In her essay, Woolf uses metaphors to explore social injustices and comments on women’s lack of free expression

The Book of Tea

Long essay linking the role of chad to the aesthetic and cultural aspects of Japanese life.

Essays

Vague, overlapping with those of a letter, a paper, an article, a pamphlet, and a short story

Praise of Folly

Essay written in Latin in 1509 by Desiderius Erasmus of Rotterdam and first printed in June 1511. Inspired by previous works of the Italian humanist Faustino Perisauli De Triumpho Stultitiae, it is a satirical attack on superstitions, other traditions of European society and on the Western Church.Erasmus revised and extended his work, which was originally written in the space of a week while sojourning with Sir Thomas More at More’s house in Bucklersbury in the City of London

Samuel Johnson

English writer who made lasting contributions as a poet, playwright, essayist, moralist, critic, biographer, editor and lexicographer