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
Chesley SullenbergerChesley Sullenberger
American

Rachel DolezalRachel Dolezal
American

Sumner RedstoneSumner Redstone
American

Patty DukePatty Duke
American
Marcus LuttrellMarcus Luttrell
American

Jon MeachamJon Meacham
American
Ron ChernowRon Chernow
American

Nick MasonNick Mason
British

Paul FeigPaul Feig
American
Karrine SteffansKarrine Steffans
American, U.S. Virgin Islander

Kevin McCloudKevin McCloud
British
Julie AdamsJulie Adams
American

Felicia PearsonFelicia Pearson
American

Richard DonnerRichard Donner
American
Carl BernsteinCarl Bernstein
American
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Essie Mae Washington-WilliamsEssie Mae Washington-Williams
American
Lacey SturmLacey Sturm
American

Michael Eric DysonMichael Eric Dyson
American

William KamkwambaWilliam Kamkwamba
Malawian

Sylvia KristelSylvia Kristel
Dutch
James MeredithJames Meredith
American

Jennifer O'NeillJennifer O'Neill
Brazilian, American

Margot FrankMargot Frank
German

Jim DavidsonJim Davidson
British

Jim CarrollJim Carroll
American
Christopher LawfordChristopher Lawford
American

David WilkersonDavid Wilkerson
American
Ann RuleAnn Rule
American

John EisenhowerJohn Eisenhower
American

Frank ZaneFrank Zane
American
Dave PelzerDave Pelzer
American

Caitlin DoughtyCaitlin Doughty
American
Lee IsraelLee Israel
American

Walter IsaacsonWalter Isaacson
American

Robert CaroRobert Caro
American

Barbara BarrieBarbara Barrie
American

Jensen KarpJensen Karp
American
Janette ScottJanette Scott
British

Radhanath SwamiRadhanath Swami
American

Nancy MitfordNancy Mitford
British

Rona BarrettRona Barrett
American
Robert OsborneRobert Osborne
American
Howard MarksHoward Marks
British, Welsh

Robert PestonRobert Peston
British

Roy JenkinsRoy Jenkins
British, Welsh

Monica CrowleyMonica Crowley
American
Karl PearsonKarl Pearson
British

Rachel CorrieRachel Corrie
American
Charles Francis Adams Sr.Charles Francis Adams Sr.
American

John LahrJohn Lahr
American

Lytton StracheyLytton Strachey
British
Margaret DrabbleMargaret Drabble
British

James BoswellJames Boswell
British, Scottish
Colleen McCulloughColleen McCullough
Australian

Conor Cruise O'BrienConor Cruise O'Brien
Northern Irish

Peter FitzSimonsPeter FitzSimons
Australian
Antonia FraserAntonia Fraser
British

Merlin HollandMerlin Holland
British
Thomas E. GaddisThomas E. Gaddis
American

Françoise SaganFrançoise Sagan
French

Harold NicolsonHarold Nicolson
British

Ruth BenedictRuth Benedict
American
Peter AckroydPeter Ackroyd
British

E. P. ThompsonE. P. Thompson
British

Josephine TeyJosephine Tey
British

Rahul SankrityayanRahul Sankrityayan
Indian

Dick PoundDick Pound
Canadian
Garry WillsGarry Wills
American

Harvey CushingHarvey Cushing
American
Izaak WaltonIzaak Walton
British

David LagercrantzDavid Lagercrantz
Swedish

James HoggJames Hogg
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Randy ShiltsRandy Shilts
American

James FarleyJames Farley
American
Douglas Southall FreemanDouglas Southall Freeman
American

AsserAsser
Welsh
Eleanor FarjeonEleanor Farjeon
British

William ManchesterWilliam Manchester
American

John Lewis GaddisJohn Lewis Gaddis
American
Daniel J. BoorstinDaniel J. Boorstin
American

Max FrischMax Frisch
Swiss
Laura HuxleyLaura Huxley
Italian