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
David IrvingDavid Irving
British
Andrei TarkovskyAndrei Tarkovsky
Russian

G. K. ChestertonG. K. Chesterton
British
Robert OsborneRobert Osborne
American
Jon MeachamJon Meacham
American
William HagueWilliam Hague
British

Ron ChernowRon Chernow
American
Stefan ZweigStefan Zweig
Austrian, British
Richard DonnerRichard Donner
American

Sylvia KristelSylvia Kristel
Dutch
Mary AstorMary Astor
American
John EisenhowerJohn Eisenhower
American
Iris MurdochIris Murdoch
Irish

Michael FootMichael Foot
British
Ida TarbellIda Tarbell
American
Merlin HollandMerlin Holland
British

Michael Eric DysonMichael Eric Dyson
American
Monica CrowleyMonica Crowley
American
Rachel CorrieRachel Corrie
American
Harold NicolsonHarold Nicolson
British

Maria SchellMaria Schell
Austrian, Swiss
Karl PearsonKarl Pearson
British
Peter FitzSimonsPeter FitzSimons
Australian

Garry WillsGarry Wills
American
Colleen McCulloughColleen McCullough
Australian
Ruth BenedictRuth Benedict
American
John LahrJohn Lahr
American

Barbara W. TuchmanBarbara W. Tuchman
American
E. P. ThompsonE. P. Thompson
British
Harvey CushingHarvey Cushing
American

David LagercrantzDavid Lagercrantz
Swedish
Françoise SaganFrançoise Sagan
French
Rahul SankrityayanRahul Sankrityayan
Indian
Max FrischMax Frisch
Swiss

Josephine TeyJosephine Tey
British
Etty HillesumEtty Hillesum
-
Martin GilbertMartin Gilbert
-

William ManchesterWilliam Manchester
American
John Lewis GaddisJohn Lewis Gaddis
American
Daniel J. BoorstinDaniel J. Boorstin
American
David BrewsterDavid Brewster
British, Scottish

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

Max ManusMax Manus
Norwegian
Steve PaikinSteve Paikin
Canadian
Stacy SchiffStacy Schiff
American
Dick PoundDick Pound
Canadian

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

Henri BarbusseHenri Barbusse
French
Cornelius NeposCornelius Nepos
Italian
Ada Louise HuxtableAda Louise Huxtable
American
Benjamin FondaneBenjamin Fondane
French, Romanian

George WoodcockGeorge Woodcock
Canadian
Anton SchindlerAnton Schindler
German
Henri TroyatHenri Troyat
Russian

Alice Stone BlackwellAlice Stone Blackwell
American
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