a writer of essays.

1600–10; essay + -ist Unabridged
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essayist (ˈɛseɪɪst)
a person who writes essays

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Example sentences
Barbara is a renowned novelist, essayist, poet and short-story writer.
It provides a superb medium for the novelist, essayist, journalist and poet.
There are readers who consider me to be an essayist who has made one
  unaccountable venture into fiction.
He then, always an industrious critic and essayist, quite turned from the
  disguises and shifts of fiction.
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