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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Andrei TarkovskyAndrei Tarkovsky
(Russian)

David IrvingDavid Irving
(British)
G. K. ChestertonG. K. Chesterton
(British)
Robert OsborneRobert Osborne
(American)

Ron ChernowRon Chernow
(American)
Ida TarbellIda Tarbell
(American)
William HagueWilliam Hague
(British)

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Stefan ZweigStefan Zweig
(Austrian,British)
Rachel CorrieRachel Corrie
(American)
Jon MeachamJon Meacham
(American)

Monica CrowleyMonica Crowley
(American)
Sylvia KristelSylvia Kristel
(Dutch)
John EisenhowerJohn Eisenhower
(American)

Michael FootMichael Foot
(British)
Michael Eric DysonMichael Eric Dyson
(American)
Iris MurdochIris Murdoch
(Irish)

Merlin HollandMerlin Holland
(British)
Karl PearsonKarl Pearson
(British)
Harold NicolsonHarold Nicolson
(British)

Maria SchellMaria Schell
(Austrian,Swiss)
Garry WillsGarry Wills
(American)
Barbara W. TuchmanBarbara W. Tuchman
(American)

Ruth BenedictRuth Benedict
(American)
David LagercrantzDavid Lagercrantz
(Swedish)
Peter FitzSimonsPeter FitzSimons
(Australian)

Colleen McCulloughColleen McCullough
(Australian)
E. P. ThompsonE. P. Thompson
(British)
Harvey CushingHarvey Cushing
(American)

John LahrJohn Lahr
(American)
Françoise SaganFrançoise Sagan
(French)
Max FrischMax Frisch
(Swiss)

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Rahul SankrityayanRahul Sankrityayan
(Indian)
Josephine TeyJosephine Tey
(British)
Martin GilbertMartin Gilbert

David BrewsterDavid Brewster
(British,Scottish)
John Lewis GaddisJohn Lewis Gaddis
(American)
James Truslow AdamsJames Truslow Adams
(American)

William ManchesterWilliam Manchester
(American)
Etty HillesumEtty Hillesum
James HoggJames Hogg

Daniel J. BoorstinDaniel J. Boorstin
(American)
David StraussDavid Strauss
(German)
Dick PoundDick Pound
(Canadian)

Steve PaikinSteve Paikin
(Canadian)
Max ManusMax Manus
(Norwegian)
Stacy SchiffStacy Schiff
(American)

Laura HuxleyLaura Huxley
(Italian)
Alan BullockAlan Bullock
(British)
Robert LaceyRobert Lacey
(British)

Cornelius NeposCornelius Nepos
(Italian)
Henri BarbusseHenri Barbusse
(French)
Ada Louise HuxtableAda Louise Huxtable
(American)

Benjamin FondaneBenjamin Fondane
(French,Romanian)
Alice Stone BlackwellAlice Stone Blackwell
(American)
Anton SchindlerAnton Schindler
(German)

George WoodcockGeorge Woodcock
(Canadian)
Henri TroyatHenri Troyat
(Russian)
Hervey AllenHervey Allen
(American)

William TaylorWilliam Taylor
(American)
Agnes RepplierAgnes Repplier
(American)
Gladys Bronwyn SternGladys Bronwyn Stern
(British)

Diogenes LaertiusDiogenes Laertius
(Greek)
Alexander WalkerAlexander Walker
(British)
Ștefan BaciuȘtefan Baciu
(Romanian)