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)

G. K. ChestertonG. K. Chesterton
(British)
David IrvingDavid Irving
(British)
Andrei TarkovskyAndrei Tarkovsky
(Russian)

Ron ChernowRon Chernow
(American)
Stefan ZweigStefan Zweig
(Austrian,British)
William HagueWilliam Hague
(British)

Monica CrowleyMonica Crowley
(American)
Ida TarbellIda Tarbell
(American)
Sylvia KristelSylvia Kristel
(Dutch)

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Michael Eric DysonMichael Eric Dyson
(American)
John EisenhowerJohn Eisenhower
(American)
David LagercrantzDavid Lagercrantz
(Swedish)

Michael FootMichael Foot
(British)
Iris MurdochIris Murdoch
(Irish)
Karl PearsonKarl Pearson
(British)

Merlin HollandMerlin Holland
(British)
Robert OsborneRobert Osborne
(American)
Rachel CorrieRachel Corrie
(American)

John LahrJohn Lahr
(American)
Peter FitzSimonsPeter FitzSimons
(Australian)
Ruth BenedictRuth Benedict
(American)

Barbara W. TuchmanBarbara W. Tuchman
(American)
E. P. ThompsonE. P. Thompson
(British)
Colleen McCulloughColleen McCullough
(Australian)

Maria SchellMaria Schell
(Austrian,Swiss)
Rahul SankrityayanRahul Sankrityayan
(Indian)
Max FrischMax Frisch
(Swiss)

Harvey CushingHarvey Cushing
(American)
Harold NicolsonHarold Nicolson
(British)
Etty HillesumEtty Hillesum

Françoise SaganFrançoise Sagan
(French)
Josephine TeyJosephine Tey
(British)
Martin GilbertMartin Gilbert

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John Lewis GaddisJohn Lewis Gaddis
(American)
Daniel J. BoorstinDaniel J. Boorstin
(American)
James Truslow AdamsJames Truslow Adams
(American)

David BrewsterDavid Brewster
(British,Scottish)
William ManchesterWilliam Manchester
(American)
Garry WillsGarry Wills
(American)

Max ManusMax Manus
(Norwegian)
James HoggJames Hogg
Dick PoundDick Pound
(Canadian)

David StraussDavid Strauss
(German)
Steve PaikinSteve Paikin
(Canadian)
Alan BullockAlan Bullock
(British)

Stacy SchiffStacy Schiff
(American)
Laura HuxleyLaura Huxley
(Italian)
Robert LaceyRobert Lacey
(British)

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

Anton SchindlerAnton Schindler
(German)
Alice Stone BlackwellAlice Stone Blackwell
(American)
Ada Louise HuxtableAda Louise Huxtable
(American)

Diogenes LaertiusDiogenes Laertius
(Greek)
George WoodcockGeorge Woodcock
(Canadian)
Henri TroyatHenri Troyat
(Russian)

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)