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

Andrei TarkovskyAndrei Tarkovsky
Russian
G. K. ChestertonG. K. Chesterton
British

Sumner RedstoneSumner Redstone
American

Karrine SteffansKarrine Steffans
American, U.S. Virgin Islander

William HagueWilliam Hague
British
Paul FeigPaul Feig
American

David IrvingDavid Irving
British
Julie AdamsJulie Adams
American

Jon MeachamJon Meacham
American

Iris MurdochIris Murdoch
Irish
Sylvia KristelSylvia Kristel
Dutch

Jim CarrollJim Carroll
American
Richard DonnerRichard Donner
American

Carl BernsteinCarl Bernstein
American

Stefan ZweigStefan Zweig
Austrian, British
Margot FrankMargot Frank
German

Jim DavidsonJim Davidson
British
John EisenhowerJohn Eisenhower
American

Alison ArngrimAlison Arngrim
Canadian, American

Michael FootMichael Foot
British

Monica CrowleyMonica Crowley
American
Barbara BarrieBarbara Barrie
American
Merlin HollandMerlin Holland
British

Michael Eric DysonMichael Eric Dyson
American

Ron ChernowRon Chernow
American

Robert OsborneRobert Osborne
American
Rachel CorrieRachel Corrie
American

Maria SchellMaria Schell
Austrian, Swiss

Karl PearsonKarl Pearson
British

Ida TarbellIda Tarbell
American

Peter FitzSimonsPeter FitzSimons
Australian
Ruth BenedictRuth Benedict
American

Colleen McCulloughColleen McCullough
Australian
Harold NicolsonHarold Nicolson
British

Barbara W. TuchmanBarbara W. Tuchman
American

John LahrJohn Lahr
American
E. P. ThompsonE. P. Thompson
British

Françoise SaganFrançoise Sagan
French
David LagercrantzDavid Lagercrantz
Swedish

Harvey CushingHarvey Cushing
American

Rahul SankrityayanRahul Sankrityayan
Indian

Josephine TeyJosephine Tey
British

Max FrischMax Frisch
Swiss
Garry WillsGarry Wills
American

Etty HillesumEtty Hillesum
-

Martin GilbertMartin Gilbert
-

William ManchesterWilliam Manchester
American
Daniel J. BoorstinDaniel J. Boorstin
American

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

James Truslow AdamsJames Truslow Adams
American

James HoggJames Hogg
-
David StraussDavid Strauss
German

Dick PoundDick Pound
Canadian
Max ManusMax Manus
Norwegian

Steve PaikinSteve Paikin
Canadian

Stacy SchiffStacy Schiff
American
Laura HuxleyLaura Huxley
Italian

Alan BullockAlan Bullock
British
Robert LaceyRobert Lacey
British

Henri BarbusseHenri Barbusse
French

Cornelius NeposCornelius Nepos
Italian

Benjamin FondaneBenjamin Fondane
French, Romanian
Ada Louise HuxtableAda Louise Huxtable
American
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

Ștefan BaciuȘtefan Baciu
Romanian

Gladys Bronwyn SternGladys Bronwyn Stern
British
Diogenes LaertiusDiogenes Laertius
Greek

Alexander WalkerAlexander Walker
British