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

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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David IrvingDavid Irving
(British)

G. K. ChestertonG. K. Chesterton
(British)
Andrei TarkovskyAndrei Tarkovsky
(Russian)
Stefan ZweigStefan Zweig
(Austrian,British)

Jon MeachamJon Meacham
(American)
Ron ChernowRon Chernow
(American)
Ida TarbellIda Tarbell
(American)

Iris MurdochIris Murdoch
(Irish)
Sylvia KristelSylvia Kristel
(Dutch)
William HagueWilliam Hague
(British)

Monica CrowleyMonica Crowley
(American)
John EisenhowerJohn Eisenhower
(American)
Rachel CorrieRachel Corrie
(American)

Robert OsborneRobert Osborne
(American)
Michael FootMichael Foot
(British)
Karl PearsonKarl Pearson
(British)

Michael Eric DysonMichael Eric Dyson
(American)
Steve PaikinSteve Paikin
(Canadian)
Maria SchellMaria Schell
(Austrian,Swiss)

Dick PoundDick Pound
(Canadian)
Ruth BenedictRuth Benedict
(American)
Josephine TeyJosephine Tey
(British)

Merlin HollandMerlin Holland
(British)
Harvey CushingHarvey Cushing
(American)
David LagercrantzDavid Lagercrantz
(Swedish)

Colleen McCulloughColleen McCullough
(Australian)
Peter FitzSimonsPeter FitzSimons
(Australian)
John LahrJohn Lahr
(American)

Rahul SankrityayanRahul Sankrityayan
(Indian)
Barbara W. TuchmanBarbara W. Tuchman
(American)
E. P. ThompsonE. P. Thompson
(British)

Max ManusMax Manus
(Norwegian)
James HoggJames Hogg
Françoise SaganFrançoise Sagan
(French)

John Lewis GaddisJohn Lewis Gaddis
(American)
Max FrischMax Frisch
(Swiss)
James Truslow AdamsJames Truslow Adams
(American)

Martin GilbertMartin Gilbert
David BrewsterDavid Brewster
(British,Scottish)
Harold NicolsonHarold Nicolson
(British)

William ManchesterWilliam Manchester
(American)
Garry WillsGarry Wills
(American)
Daniel J. BoorstinDaniel J. Boorstin
(American)

Etty HillesumEtty Hillesum
David StraussDavid Strauss
(German)
Robert LaceyRobert Lacey
(British)

Alan BullockAlan Bullock
(British)
Laura HuxleyLaura Huxley
(Italian)
Stacy SchiffStacy Schiff
(American)

Alice Stone BlackwellAlice Stone Blackwell
(American)
Cornelius NeposCornelius Nepos
(Italian)
Henri BarbusseHenri Barbusse
(French)

Anton SchindlerAnton Schindler
(German)
Ada Louise HuxtableAda Louise Huxtable
(American)
Benjamin FondaneBenjamin Fondane
(French,Romanian)

George WoodcockGeorge Woodcock
(Canadian)
Diogenes LaertiusDiogenes Laertius
(Greek)
Henri TroyatHenri Troyat
(Russian)

Hervey AllenHervey Allen
(American)
Agnes RepplierAgnes Repplier
(American)
William TaylorWilliam Taylor
(American)

Gladys Bronwyn SternGladys Bronwyn Stern
(British)
Alexander WalkerAlexander Walker
(British)
Ștefan BaciuȘtefan Baciu
(Romanian)