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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David IrvingDavid Irving
(British)

G. K. ChestertonG. K. Chesterton
(British)
Michael Eric DysonMichael Eric Dyson
(American)
Andrei TarkovskyAndrei Tarkovsky
(Russian)

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

William HagueWilliam Hague
(British)
Ron ChernowRon Chernow
(American)
Monica CrowleyMonica Crowley
(American)

Maria SchellMaria Schell
(Austrian,Swiss)
Ida TarbellIda Tarbell
(American)
Iris MurdochIris Murdoch
(Irish)

John EisenhowerJohn Eisenhower
(American)
Robert OsborneRobert Osborne
(American)
Rachel CorrieRachel Corrie
(American)

Michael FootMichael Foot
(British)
David LagercrantzDavid Lagercrantz
(Swedish)
Merlin HollandMerlin Holland
(British)

Peter FitzSimonsPeter FitzSimons
(Australian)
Colleen McCulloughColleen McCullough
(Australian)
Karl PearsonKarl Pearson
(British)

John LahrJohn Lahr
(American)
Barbara W. TuchmanBarbara W. Tuchman
(American)
Ruth BenedictRuth Benedict
(American)

Françoise SaganFrançoise Sagan
(French)
Harvey CushingHarvey Cushing
(American)
Rahul SankrityayanRahul Sankrityayan
(Indian)

Max FrischMax Frisch
(Swiss)
Josephine TeyJosephine Tey
(British)
Max ManusMax Manus
(Norwegian)

E. P. ThompsonE. P. Thompson
(British)
Harold NicolsonHarold Nicolson
(British)
Garry WillsGarry Wills
(American)

John Lewis GaddisJohn Lewis Gaddis
(American)
William ManchesterWilliam Manchester
(American)
David BrewsterDavid Brewster
(British,Scottish)

Martin GilbertMartin Gilbert
Daniel J. BoorstinDaniel J. Boorstin
(American)
Dick PoundDick Pound
(Canadian)

Etty HillesumEtty Hillesum
James HoggJames Hogg
Steve PaikinSteve Paikin
(Canadian)

James Truslow AdamsJames Truslow Adams
(American)
David StraussDavid Strauss
(German)
Laura HuxleyLaura Huxley
(Italian)

Robert LaceyRobert Lacey
(British)
Alan BullockAlan Bullock
(British)
Stacy SchiffStacy Schiff
(American)

Henri BarbusseHenri Barbusse
(French)
Cornelius NeposCornelius Nepos
(Italian)
Ada Louise HuxtableAda Louise Huxtable
(American)

Benjamin FondaneBenjamin Fondane
(French,Romanian)
Diogenes LaertiusDiogenes Laertius
(Greek)
Anton SchindlerAnton Schindler
(German)

George WoodcockGeorge Woodcock
(Canadian)
Hervey AllenHervey Allen
(American)
Henri TroyatHenri Troyat
(Russian)

Alice Stone BlackwellAlice Stone Blackwell
(American)
Agnes RepplierAgnes Repplier
(American)
William TaylorWilliam Taylor
(American)

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