I'm writing an essay and I'm comparing a speaker's work to a writers work. My transition is "Edwards was not the only (insert word) that spread his Puritan beliefs in his works. Anne Bradstreet illustrates the Puritans' plainness..." At the moment I have "literary figure" written, but I'm wondering if there is a better word for it.
Edwards was not the only proselytizer that spread his Puritan beliefs through his works.
One who seeks to convert people to his or her beliefs.
Perhaps writings is better than works...Just a thought.