Essay Samples

Being the most important writing task for college and university students, it is important to look through samples of essays to get a clear picture of how to write one on your own.

The Tale of Beatrix Potter

By Frank Delaney Her appeal is so powerful that museums hold her in permanent exhibition–and some of them even commemorate her solely. Hollywood has trawled…

Machiavelli the Comedian

By Christopher S. Celenza “Comedian”, admittedly, is not the first word you associate with Machiavelli. And “funny” is not a word normally applied to Lucretius.…

The Last Great Explorer

By Brook Wilensky-Lanford The quest to find the Garden of Eden sounds like an occupation that should have fallen by the wayside well before the…

Is Hillary Clinton Electable?

Hillary Rodham Clinton–the former First Lady, Secretary of State, and New York state senator–is a candidate in the 2016 US presidential election. It is important,…

John L. Sullivan Fights America

By Christopher Klein A dense ocean of humanity lapped up to the doorstep of John L. Sullivan’s gilded liquor palace. Heads craned and tilted as…

Description of a Desert

It is difficult to form a correct idea of a desert without having seen one. It is a vast plain of sands and stones, interspersed…

Geronimo: The Warrior

Geronimo (1829-1909), whose given name was Goyahkla, sometimes spelled Goyathlay, is one of the most famous figures in the history of the American Indian resistance…

The Prehistory of Artificial Intelligence

How old are the fields of robotics and artificial intelligence? Many might trace their origins to the mid-twentieth century, and the work of people such…

Why Cybernetic Prosthetics Have a Great Future

At present, the technological wonders people have read about in science-fiction literature are coming to life. Touchscreen cellphones, 3D-holograms, artificial intelligence, robots, and other novelties…

The Mystery of Lewis Carrol

When Charles L. Dodgson was born in January 1832, his paternal aunt wrote a letter to his parents, welcoming the “dear little stranger” and begging…

On Laziness

Original by Christopher Morley, with edits. Today, I intended to write an essay on laziness, but I was too indolent to do so. The sort…

The Birth of the Illuminati Conspiracy

At the beginning of 1797, John Robison was a man with a solid and long-established reputation in the British scientific establishment. He had been Professor…

Picturing Don Quixote

Four hundred years ago, on April 23, 1616, Miguel de Cervantes died. In the prologue to his posthumously published The Trials of Persiles and Sigismunda,…

Sherlock Holmes, For King and Country

Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes saga has enjoyed — or in some cases suffered – countless reinventions since its original publication from 1887 to 1927. The…

Robert Greene, the First Bohemian

The only known image of the dramatist, poet, pamphleteer, and initially unrepentant libertine Robert Greene is a woodcut from John Dickenson’s Greene in Conceipt, printed…

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