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

Lee IsraelLee Israel
American

Patty DukePatty Duke
American
Elizabeth GilbertElizabeth Gilbert
American

Rachel DolezalRachel Dolezal
American

Anne ListerAnne Lister
British

Andrei TarkovskyAndrei Tarkovsky
Russian
David IrvingDavid Irving
British

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

William HagueWilliam Hague
British

Frank ZaneFrank Zane
American
Paul FeigPaul Feig
American

Julie AdamsJulie Adams
American
Christopher LawfordChristopher Lawford
American

William KamkwambaWilliam Kamkwamba
Malawian

Jim CarrollJim Carroll
American
Felicia PearsonFelicia Pearson
American
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Richard DonnerRichard Donner
American
Carl BernsteinCarl Bernstein
American

Michael Eric DysonMichael Eric Dyson
American

Sylvia KristelSylvia Kristel
Dutch

Margot FrankMargot Frank
German
Ann RuleAnn Rule
American
Jensen KarpJensen Karp
American

Jon MeachamJon Meacham
American

Jim DavidsonJim Davidson
British

Walter IsaacsonWalter Isaacson
American
Alison ArngrimAlison Arngrim
Canadian, American

Iris MurdochIris Murdoch
Irish

Monica CrowleyMonica Crowley
American

Rachel CorrieRachel Corrie
American

Edward St AubynEdward St Aubyn
British
Ron ChernowRon Chernow
American

Radhanath SwamiRadhanath Swami
American
Robert CaroRobert Caro
American

David WilkersonDavid Wilkerson
American

John EisenhowerJohn Eisenhower
American
Barbara BarrieBarbara Barrie
American

Karl PearsonKarl Pearson
British
Janette ScottJanette Scott
British

Anna LeonowensAnna Leonowens
British

Essie Mae Washington-WilliamsEssie Mae Washington-Williams
American

Roy JenkinsRoy Jenkins
British, Welsh

Nancy MitfordNancy Mitford
British
Howard MarksHoward Marks
British, Welsh

Robert OsborneRobert Osborne
American

Caitlin DoughtyCaitlin Doughty
American

Ronald DeWolfRonald DeWolf
American
Maria SchellMaria Schell
Austrian, Swiss

Peter FitzSimonsPeter FitzSimons
Australian
Antonia FraserAntonia Fraser
British

Ruth BenedictRuth Benedict
American

John LahrJohn Lahr
American
Margaret DrabbleMargaret Drabble
British

Merlin HollandMerlin Holland
British
E. P. ThompsonE. P. Thompson
British

David LagercrantzDavid Lagercrantz
Swedish

Colleen McCulloughColleen McCullough
Australian
Peter AckroydPeter Ackroyd
British

Harvey CushingHarvey Cushing
American
Harold NicolsonHarold Nicolson
British

Rona BarrettRona Barrett
American

Garry WillsGarry Wills
American

Françoise SaganFrançoise Sagan
French
John Lewis GaddisJohn Lewis Gaddis
American
Josephine TeyJosephine Tey
British

Rahul SankrityayanRahul Sankrityayan
Indian

Martin GilbertMartin Gilbert
-

Max FrischMax Frisch
Swiss
David BrewsterDavid Brewster
British, Scottish

Izaak WaltonIzaak Walton
British

William ManchesterWilliam Manchester
American

Daniel J. BoorstinDaniel J. Boorstin
American

William TaylorWilliam Taylor
American
James Truslow AdamsJames Truslow Adams
American

Etty HillesumEtty Hillesum
-
Dick PoundDick Pound
Canadian

James FarleyJames Farley
American
Eleanor FarjeonEleanor Farjeon
British
Andrew MotionAndrew Motion
British