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third person
as in:  written in third person

It is a third-person essay.
  grammatical technique of telling a story using the pronouns "he/she" (singular) or "they" (plural)
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Strongly Associated with:   first person
Third person contrasts with first person (I/we) and second person (you).

Famous third person narrative novels include Harry Potter, Of Mice and Men and Lord of the Rings.

The third person point-of-view is often classified as omniscient  or limited.  In third person omniscient, the story teller knows everything. Additionally, the point-of-view can be classified as objective or subjective (sometimes called intimate). The subjective viewpoint sees things in a manner similar to and sympathetic with the protagonist.
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  • It is a third-person essay.
  • "It’s never a good sign when someone starts referring to himself in the third person.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Trials of Apollo
  • Grace has begun talking about me in the third person, like one grown-up to another, when Cordelia is there.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • "This habit of talking about me in the third person when I’m right here is getting really old," Iona decided.
    Nora Roberts  --  Dark Witch

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  • As a plebe, you refer to yourself in the third person: "This plebe would like to go to the bathroom."
    Wes Moore  --  The Other Wes Moore
  • You’re starting to talk about yourself in the third person.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Fallen Angels
  • And she herself occasionally talked about "the white man" in the third person, as if she had nothing to do with him, and in fact she didn’t, since most of her friends and social circle were black women from church.
    James McBride  --  The Color of Water
  • Although the tone of the journal, written in the third person in a stilted, self-consciousness voice, often veers toward melodrama, the available evidence indicates that McCandless did not misrepresent the facts; telling the truth was a credo he took seriously.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • He was a fanatic on formality, and he only addressed me in the third person—to the point where it got tiresome.
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • He had an odd autobiographical habit which led him to compose in his mind from time to time a short sentence about himself containing a subject in the third person and a predicate in the past tense.
    James Joyce  --  Dubliners

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  • This is his story, not mine, so the few times I show up, I’ll refer to myself in the third person—from Mack’s point of view.
    William P. Young  --  The Shack
  • It was this little high society which invented at the Tuileries the refinement of speaking to the King in private as the King, in the third person, and never as Your Majesty, the designation of Your Majesty having been "soiled by the usurper."
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • He talks again rapidly, his tone plausible, vague, fanatic, speaking of himself again in the third person.
    William Faulkner  --  Light in August
  • There was no reason to feel more revulsion than usual, she thought; he had merely uttered the things which were preached, heard and accepted everywhere; but this creed was usually expounded in the third person, and Jim had had the open effrontery to expound it in the first.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • Certain chapters, therefore, are written in the third person.
    Agatha Christie  --  The ABC Murders
  • He telleth it always in the third person, making believe he is too modest to glorify himself—maledictions light upon him, misfortune be his dole!
    Mark Twain  --  A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court
  • This progress you will see easily in that old English ballad TURPIN HERO which begins in the first person and ends in the third person.
    James Joyce  --  A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
  • First person singular, I do not care; second person singular, thou dost not care; third person singular, she does not care,’ returned Tom.
    Charles Dickens  --  Hard Times
  • He would train relentlessly, speak of himself in the third person, load up on carbohydrates.
    Don DeLillo  --  White Noise
  • Jane, write a line to the Reverend Bartholomew Irons, in the third person, and say that I desire the pleasure of his company this evening at tea at half-past six.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • We will, however, leave this Buddy Glass in the third person from here on in.
    J.D. Salinger  --  Franny and Zooey
  • It was always an interesting occasion when a young pair launched their first invitations in the third person, and their summons was seldom refused even by the seasoned and sought-after.
    Edith Wharton  --  The Age of Innocence
  • She forbade her wearing cotton caps, taught her to address her in the third person, to bring a glass of water on a plate, to knock before coming into a room, to iron, starch, and to dress her—wanted to make a lady’s-maid of her.
    Gustave Flaubert  --  Madame Bovary
  • This talking about yourself in the third person is sort of therapeutic.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • The letter was in the third person, and briefly informed Mrs Durbeyfield that her daughter’s services would be useful to that lady in the management of her poultry-farm, that a comfortable room would be provided for her if she could come, and that the wages would be on a liberal scale if they liked her.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • For a month he referred to himself in the third person as Mr. Fruit.
    Nicole Krauss  --  The History of Love
  • Simply "The Lieutenant," spoken to and of in the third person.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Starship Troopers
  • "Marilyn Monroe is a soldier," she later tells her therapist, speaking in the third person.
    Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Kennedy
  • One notable feature that is easy for nonlinguists to grasp is the use of "s" on the third person singular of verbs.
    Robert MacNeil and William Crane  --  Do You Speak American?
  • These were swingers, of course, dressed assertively, in the third person, and they leaned back in sequence when the boy poured water.
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
  • … After this, pages of unpaid bills, increasingly desperate attempts to keep Flemming Construction afloat, then this: "Flemming," In correspondence, I did not always carefully speak in the third person (referring to "our client", etc.), but sometimes merely used the collective "we"—with respect to Flemming.
    John Gardner  --  The Sunlight Dialogues
  • In his autobiography, in which he always referred to himself in the third person, he described himself as "an innocent with his heart wrapped up in the arts, in the philosophies, in the religions, in the beatitudes of nature’s loveliness, in his search for the reality of man, in his profound faith in the beneficence of power."
    Erik Larson  --  The Devil in the White City
  • In the summer of 1860, for a friend who wanted to prepare a campaign biography, he wrote in the third person a short sketch of his political life up to that time: 1832—defeated in an attempt to be elected to the legislature; 1834—elected to the legislature "by the highest vote cast for any candidate"; 1836, 1838, 1840—re-elected; 1838 and 1840—chosen by his party as its candidate for Speaker of the Illinois House of Representatives, but not elected; 1840 and 1844—placed on Harrison and…
    Richard Hofstadter  --  Abraham Lincoln and the Self-Made Myth
  • It is wonderful how clever I am and how…. charming she is," she went on, speaking of herself in the third person, and imagining it was some very wise man—the wisest and best of men—who was saying it of her.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • In the third person the /-s/ is not dropped from the verb.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • She would seize him, struggling and screaming, in her long arms, plaster kisses all over his red mad face, soothing him with hearty flattery addressed in the third person: "Why, he didn’t think I meant it, did he?
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
  • But the only formal trace of the old subjunctive still remaining, except the use of /be/ and /were/, is the omission of the final /s/ in the third person singular.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • Forget that silly third-person talk around me — save it for generals and the Skipper.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Starship Troopers
  • For once in his life, the poor lad didn’t address me "in the third person."
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • One of the kids, named Maiso, said, "Third person singular."
    Robert MacNeil and William Crane  --  Do You Speak American?
  • Without question this retention of the /n/ in these pronouns had something to do with the appearance of the /n/-declension in the treatment of /your/, /her/, /his/ and /our/, and, after /their/ had displaced /here/ in the third person plural, in /their/.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • How the dative pronoun got itself [Pg225] fastened upon /self/ in the third person masculine and neuter is one of the mysteries of language, but there it is, and so, against all logic, history and grammatical regularity, /himself/, /themselves/ and /itself/ (not /its-self/) are in favor today.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • Just as the American rebels instinctively against such parliamentary circumlocutions as "I am not prepared to say" and "so much by way of being,"[62] just as he would fret under the forms of English journalism, with its reporting empty of drama, its third-person smothering of speeches and its complex and unintelligible jargon,[63] just so, in his daily speech and writing he chooses terseness and vividness whenever there is any choice, and seeks to make one when it doesn’t exist.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
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