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All modern essay writing owes its beginnings to Sir Francis Bacon, who is also known as the father of the English essay. He created the formal essay using his own simple, yet complex style by proving a point. He was also the first writer to publish a collection of essays, which were so unique that its form became a genre in literature. Bacon’s influential works were vastly impacted by the tenets of the Renaissance period. Even Thomas Jefferson, one of the founding fathers of our nation, credited being influenced by Bacon’s essays (McDougal 454).
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