List of famous biographers with their biographies that include trivia, interesting facts, timeline and life history.

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A biographer is a writer who composes and produces an account of a person’s life. The ones who write their own biographies are called autobiographers. There have been innumerable famous people from all fields of life who have walked on this earth from the past several centuries. The credit of documenting the information about these great personalities and preserving such knowledge for the future generations goes to the biographers. Plutarch of ancient Greek was one of the earliest biographers and his work ‘Parallel Lives’, one of the earliest known biographies. During the Middle Ages the task of writing biographies was usually performed by the hermits and monks and priests who wrote about church fathers, popes and saints in a bid to inspire people. The art of writing biography as a distinct genre of writing began emerging in 18th century and evolved into its contemporary form in the 20th century. Richard David Ellmann was a prominent biographer who wrote about James Joyce and Oscar Wilde. The life stories of Mark Twain, Charlie Chaplin, and Ernest Hemmingway were authored by another famous biographer Kenneth Schuyler Lynn. Walter Isaacson recently rose to glory with Steve Jobs’ biography. Read on to learn more about famous biographers from all over the world.

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Henry Adams Henry Adams
American

Michael King Michael King
New Zealander

Patty DukePatty Duke
American

Elizabeth GilbertElizabeth Gilbert
American
Andrei TarkovskyAndrei Tarkovsky
Russian

Barry GoldwaterBarry Goldwater
American

G. K. ChestertonG. K. Chesterton
British

Sumner RedstoneSumner Redstone
American
Karrine SteffansKarrine Steffans
American, U.S. Virgin Islander

David IrvingDavid Irving
British
Frank ZaneFrank Zane
American

Paul FeigPaul Feig
American

William HagueWilliam Hague
British
Julie AdamsJulie Adams
American

Christopher LawfordChristopher Lawford
American
Stefan ZweigStefan Zweig
Austrian, British

Jim CarrollJim Carroll
American

Felicia PearsonFelicia Pearson
American
Richard DonnerRichard Donner
American
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Sylvia KristelSylvia Kristel
Dutch
Carl BernsteinCarl Bernstein
American

Margot FrankMargot Frank
German

Michael FootMichael Foot
British

Ann RuleAnn Rule
American
Jim DavidsonJim Davidson
British
Alison ArngrimAlison Arngrim
Canadian, American

Iris MurdochIris Murdoch
Irish

Michael Eric DysonMichael Eric Dyson
American

Jon MeachamJon Meacham
American
David WilkersonDavid Wilkerson
American

Ida TarbellIda Tarbell
American

Barbara BarrieBarbara Barrie
American

John EisenhowerJohn Eisenhower
American

Ron ChernowRon Chernow
American
Janette ScottJanette Scott
British

Anna LeonowensAnna Leonowens
British
Karl PearsonKarl Pearson
British

Rachel CorrieRachel Corrie
American

Howard MarksHoward Marks
British, Welsh
Robert OsborneRobert Osborne
American

Ruth BenedictRuth Benedict
American
Caitlin DoughtyCaitlin Doughty
American

David LagercrantzDavid Lagercrantz
Swedish

Monica CrowleyMonica Crowley
American

Antonia FraserAntonia Fraser
British

Maria SchellMaria Schell
Austrian, Swiss
Merlin HollandMerlin Holland
British

Colleen McCulloughColleen McCullough
Australian

John LahrJohn Lahr
American

Harold NicolsonHarold Nicolson
British
Françoise SaganFrançoise Sagan
French

Barbara W. TuchmanBarbara W. Tuchman
American
Peter FitzSimonsPeter FitzSimons
Australian

Harvey CushingHarvey Cushing
American

E. P. ThompsonE. P. Thompson
British
Josephine TeyJosephine Tey
British

Garry WillsGarry Wills
American
Rahul SankrityayanRahul Sankrityayan
Indian

Martin GilbertMartin Gilbert
-

Max FrischMax Frisch
Swiss
Etty HillesumEtty Hillesum
-

William ManchesterWilliam Manchester
American
John Lewis GaddisJohn Lewis Gaddis
American

David BrewsterDavid Brewster
British, Scottish

Daniel J. BoorstinDaniel J. Boorstin
American

James HoggJames Hogg
-
David StraussDavid Strauss
German
James Truslow AdamsJames Truslow Adams
American

Dick PoundDick Pound
Canadian

Steve PaikinSteve Paikin
Canadian

Max ManusMax Manus
Norwegian
Laura HuxleyLaura Huxley
Italian

Alan BullockAlan Bullock
British

William TaylorWilliam Taylor
American

Stacy SchiffStacy Schiff
American

Robert LaceyRobert Lacey
British
Ada Louise HuxtableAda Louise Huxtable
American

Henri BarbusseHenri Barbusse
French
Benjamin FondaneBenjamin Fondane
French, Romanian

Cornelius NeposCornelius Nepos
Italian
George WoodcockGeorge Woodcock
Canadian
Anton SchindlerAnton Schindler
German