List of famous biographers with their biographies that include trivia, interesting facts, timeline and life history.

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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G. K. ChestertonG. K. Chesterton
(British)

David IrvingDavid Irving
(British)
Andrei TarkovskyAndrei Tarkovsky
(Russian)
Michael Eric DysonMichael Eric Dyson
(American)

Jon MeachamJon Meacham
(American)
Stefan ZweigStefan Zweig
(Austrian,British)
Sylvia KristelSylvia Kristel
(Dutch)

Ida TarbellIda Tarbell
(American)
Ron ChernowRon Chernow
(American)
Monica CrowleyMonica Crowley
(American)

William HagueWilliam Hague
(British)
Michael FootMichael Foot
(British)
Iris MurdochIris Murdoch
(Irish)

John EisenhowerJohn Eisenhower
(American)
Maria SchellMaria Schell
(Austrian,Swiss)
David LagercrantzDavid Lagercrantz
(Swedish)

Rachel CorrieRachel Corrie
(American)
Merlin HollandMerlin Holland
(British)
Karl PearsonKarl Pearson
(British)

Robert OsborneRobert Osborne
(American)
Colleen McCulloughColleen McCullough
(Australian)
Ruth BenedictRuth Benedict
(American)

Peter FitzSimonsPeter FitzSimons
(Australian)
Barbara W. TuchmanBarbara W. Tuchman
(American)
John LahrJohn Lahr
(American)

E. P. ThompsonE. P. Thompson
(British)
Harvey CushingHarvey Cushing
(American)
Max FrischMax Frisch
(Swiss)

Françoise SaganFrançoise Sagan
(French)
Harold NicolsonHarold Nicolson
(British)
Rahul SankrityayanRahul Sankrityayan
(Indian)

Josephine TeyJosephine Tey
(British)
John Lewis GaddisJohn Lewis Gaddis
(American)
Etty HillesumEtty Hillesum

Garry WillsGarry Wills
(American)
Martin GilbertMartin Gilbert
David BrewsterDavid Brewster
(British,Scottish)

William ManchesterWilliam Manchester
(American)
Dick PoundDick Pound
(Canadian)
Daniel J. BoorstinDaniel J. Boorstin
(American)

James Truslow AdamsJames Truslow Adams
(American)
Max ManusMax Manus
(Norwegian)
James HoggJames Hogg

Steve PaikinSteve Paikin
(Canadian)
David StraussDavid Strauss
(German)
Robert LaceyRobert Lacey
(British)

Laura HuxleyLaura Huxley
(Italian)
Alan BullockAlan Bullock
(British)
Stacy SchiffStacy Schiff
(American)

Cornelius NeposCornelius Nepos
(Italian)
Henri BarbusseHenri Barbusse
(French)
Benjamin FondaneBenjamin Fondane
(French,Romanian)

Anton SchindlerAnton Schindler
(German)
Ada Louise HuxtableAda Louise Huxtable
(American)
Diogenes LaertiusDiogenes Laertius
(Greek)

Alice Stone BlackwellAlice Stone Blackwell
(American)
Henri TroyatHenri Troyat
(Russian)
George WoodcockGeorge Woodcock
(Canadian)

William TaylorWilliam Taylor
(American)
Hervey AllenHervey Allen
(American)
Agnes RepplierAgnes Repplier
(American)

Gladys Bronwyn SternGladys Bronwyn Stern
(British)
Alexander WalkerAlexander Walker
(British)
Ștefan BaciuȘtefan Baciu
(Romanian)