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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Jon MeachamJon Meacham
(American)

Michael Eric DysonMichael Eric Dyson
(American)
William HagueWilliam Hague
(British)
G. K. ChestertonG. K. Chesterton
(British)

David IrvingDavid Irving
(British)
Andrei TarkovskyAndrei Tarkovsky
(Russian)
Robert OsborneRobert Osborne
(American)

Stefan ZweigStefan Zweig
(Austrian,British)
Ron ChernowRon Chernow
(American)
Monica CrowleyMonica Crowley
(American)

Ida TarbellIda Tarbell
(American)
Sylvia KristelSylvia Kristel
(Dutch)
Rachel CorrieRachel Corrie
(American)

John EisenhowerJohn Eisenhower
(American)
Iris MurdochIris Murdoch
(Irish)
Michael FootMichael Foot
(British)

Merlin HollandMerlin Holland
(British)
Karl PearsonKarl Pearson
(British)
Maria SchellMaria Schell
(Austrian,Swiss)

David LagercrantzDavid Lagercrantz
(Swedish)
Colleen McCulloughColleen McCullough
(Australian)
Peter FitzSimonsPeter FitzSimons
(Australian)

Ruth BenedictRuth Benedict
(American)
Rahul SankrityayanRahul Sankrityayan
(Indian)
Josephine TeyJosephine Tey
(British)

John LahrJohn Lahr
(American)
Barbara W. TuchmanBarbara W. Tuchman
(American)
John Lewis GaddisJohn Lewis Gaddis
(American)

Harvey CushingHarvey Cushing
(American)
E. P. ThompsonE. P. Thompson
(British)
Françoise SaganFrançoise Sagan
(French)

Max FrischMax Frisch
(Swiss)
Max ManusMax Manus
(Norwegian)
David BrewsterDavid Brewster
(British,Scottish)

Harold NicolsonHarold Nicolson
(British)
Garry WillsGarry Wills
(American)
Martin GilbertMartin Gilbert

James HoggJames Hogg
William ManchesterWilliam Manchester
(American)
Daniel J. BoorstinDaniel J. Boorstin
(American)

Steve PaikinSteve Paikin
(Canadian)
James Truslow AdamsJames Truslow Adams
(American)
Dick PoundDick Pound
(Canadian)

Etty HillesumEtty Hillesum
David StraussDavid Strauss
(German)
Robert LaceyRobert Lacey
(British)

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

Cornelius NeposCornelius Nepos
(Italian)
Henri BarbusseHenri Barbusse
(French)
Diogenes LaertiusDiogenes Laertius
(Greek)

Ada Louise HuxtableAda Louise Huxtable
(American)
Benjamin FondaneBenjamin Fondane
(French,Romanian)
Anton SchindlerAnton Schindler
(German)

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

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

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