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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BodhidharmaBodhidharma
(Indian)

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

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

William HagueWilliam Hague
(British)
Robert OsborneRobert Osborne
(American)
Ida TarbellIda Tarbell
(American)

Sylvia KristelSylvia Kristel
(Dutch)
John EisenhowerJohn Eisenhower
(American)
Iris MurdochIris Murdoch
(Irish)

Michael FootMichael Foot
(British)
Karl PearsonKarl Pearson
(British)
Rachel CorrieRachel Corrie
(American)

Michael Eric DysonMichael Eric Dyson
(American)
David LagercrantzDavid Lagercrantz
(Swedish)
Maria SchellMaria Schell
(Austrian,Swiss)

Peter FitzSimonsPeter FitzSimons
(Australian)
Harvey CushingHarvey Cushing
(American)
Jon MeachamJon Meacham
(American)

Ruth BenedictRuth Benedict
(American)
John LahrJohn Lahr
(American)
Merlin HollandMerlin Holland
(British)

Colleen McCulloughColleen McCullough
(Australian)
Dick PoundDick Pound
(Canadian)
Josephine TeyJosephine Tey
(British)

Barbara W. TuchmanBarbara W. Tuchman
(American)
E. P. ThompsonE. P. Thompson
(British)
Max ManusMax Manus
(Norwegian)

Harold NicolsonHarold Nicolson
(British)
William ManchesterWilliam Manchester
(American)
Max FrischMax Frisch
(Swiss)

Martin GilbertMartin Gilbert
James HoggJames Hogg
David BrewsterDavid Brewster
(British,Scottish)

Rahul SankrityayanRahul Sankrityayan
(Indian)
Etty HillesumEtty Hillesum
James Truslow AdamsJames Truslow Adams
(American)

Garry WillsGarry Wills
(American)
Daniel J. BoorstinDaniel J. Boorstin
(American)
John Lewis GaddisJohn Lewis Gaddis
(American)

Laura HuxleyLaura Huxley
(Italian)
Steve PaikinSteve Paikin
(Canadian)
David StraussDavid Strauss
(German)

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

Benjamin FondaneBenjamin Fondane
(French,Romanian)
Anton SchindlerAnton Schindler
(German)
Henri BarbusseHenri Barbusse
(French)

Ada Louise HuxtableAda Louise Huxtable
(American)
George WoodcockGeorge Woodcock
(Canadian)
Alice Stone BlackwellAlice Stone Blackwell
(American)

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

Gladys Bronwyn SternGladys Bronwyn Stern
(British)
Alexander WalkerAlexander Walker
(British)
Françoise SaganFrançoise Sagan
(French)

Ștefan BaciuȘtefan Baciu
(Romanian)

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