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
Patty DukePatty Duke
American

Rachel DolezalRachel Dolezal
American

Paul FeigPaul Feig
American

Lee IsraelLee Israel
American
Andrei TarkovskyAndrei Tarkovsky
Russian

Elizabeth GilbertElizabeth Gilbert
American
Julie AdamsJulie Adams
American

Karrine SteffansKarrine Steffans
American, U.S. Virgin Islander

Nick MasonNick Mason
British
David IrvingDavid Irving
British

Anne ListerAnne Lister
British
Norma McCorveyNorma McCorvey
American

William HagueWilliam Hague
British

Michael Eric DysonMichael Eric Dyson
American
Richard DonnerRichard Donner
American
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Jon MeachamJon Meacham
American
Carl BernsteinCarl Bernstein
American

Margot FrankMargot Frank
German

Sumner RedstoneSumner Redstone
American

Jim CarrollJim Carroll
American
Sylvia KristelSylvia Kristel
Dutch

Jennifer O'NeillJennifer O'Neill
Brazilian, American

James MeredithJames Meredith
American

William KamkwambaWilliam Kamkwamba
Malawian

Felicia PearsonFelicia Pearson
American
Anna LeonowensAnna Leonowens
British

Alison ArngrimAlison Arngrim
Canadian, American
Jensen KarpJensen Karp
American

Ann RuleAnn Rule
American

Kevin McCloudKevin McCloud
British
Frank ZaneFrank Zane
American

Dick PoundDick Pound
Canadian
Iris MurdochIris Murdoch
Irish

Christopher LawfordChristopher Lawford
American

Jim DavidsonJim Davidson
British

Robert CaroRobert Caro
American

Walter IsaacsonWalter Isaacson
American
Ron ChernowRon Chernow
American

John EisenhowerJohn Eisenhower
American

Roy JenkinsRoy Jenkins
British, Welsh

Janette ScottJanette Scott
British
Rachel CorrieRachel Corrie
American
Essie Mae Washington-WilliamsEssie Mae Washington-Williams
American

Monica CrowleyMonica Crowley
American

David WilkersonDavid Wilkerson
American

Howard MarksHoward Marks
British, Welsh
Barbara BarrieBarbara Barrie
American

Karl PearsonKarl Pearson
British
Nancy MitfordNancy Mitford
British

Maria SchellMaria Schell
Austrian, Swiss

Radhanath SwamiRadhanath Swami
American
Caitlin DoughtyCaitlin Doughty
American

Rona BarrettRona Barrett
American
Robert OsborneRobert Osborne
American

Margaret DrabbleMargaret Drabble
British

Peter AckroydPeter Ackroyd
British
Colleen McCulloughColleen McCullough
Australian

John LahrJohn Lahr
American
Antonia FraserAntonia Fraser
British

Merlin HollandMerlin Holland
British

Ruth BenedictRuth Benedict
American

Harvey CushingHarvey Cushing
American
Conor Cruise O'BrienConor Cruise O'Brien
Northern Irish

E. P. ThompsonE. P. Thompson
British

Harold NicolsonHarold Nicolson
British

Peter FitzSimonsPeter FitzSimons
Australian

Françoise SaganFrançoise Sagan
French
David LagercrantzDavid Lagercrantz
Swedish

Garry WillsGarry Wills
American
Josephine TeyJosephine Tey
British

Rahul SankrityayanRahul Sankrityayan
Indian

John Lewis GaddisJohn Lewis Gaddis
American
David BrewsterDavid Brewster
British, Scottish

Martin GilbertMartin Gilbert
-
Izaak WaltonIzaak Walton
British

William ManchesterWilliam Manchester
American
Etty HillesumEtty Hillesum
-

Max FrischMax Frisch
Swiss

Compton MackenzieCompton Mackenzie
British, Scottish
Daniel J. BoorstinDaniel J. Boorstin
American

James FarleyJames Farley
American
James Truslow AdamsJames Truslow Adams
American