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

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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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Henry Adams Henry Adams
American

Michael King Michael King
New Zealander
Rachel DolezalRachel Dolezal
American

Patty DukePatty Duke
American

Marcus LuttrellMarcus Luttrell
American

Chesley SullenbergerChesley Sullenberger
American
David WilkersonDavid Wilkerson
American

Nick MasonNick Mason
British
Paul FeigPaul Feig
American

Robert PestonRobert Peston
British

Karrine SteffansKarrine Steffans
American, U.S. Virgin Islander
Lacey SturmLacey Sturm
American

Julie AdamsJulie Adams
American
Felicia PearsonFelicia Pearson
American

Lee IsraelLee Israel
American

William KamkwambaWilliam Kamkwamba
Malawian
Dick PoundDick Pound
Canadian
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Richard DonnerRichard Donner
American
Jon MeachamJon Meacham
American

Jennifer O'NeillJennifer O'Neill
Brazilian, American

Caitlin DoughtyCaitlin Doughty
American

Jensen KarpJensen Karp
American
William HagueWilliam Hague
British

Carl BernsteinCarl Bernstein
American

Jim CarrollJim Carroll
American

Kevin McCloudKevin McCloud
British

Margot FrankMargot Frank
German
Dave PelzerDave Pelzer
American

Christopher LawfordChristopher Lawford
American
Sylvia KristelSylvia Kristel
Dutch

Sumner RedstoneSumner Redstone
American

Michael Eric DysonMichael Eric Dyson
American
Walter IsaacsonWalter Isaacson
American

Frank ZaneFrank Zane
American
Ron ChernowRon Chernow
American

James MeredithJames Meredith
American

Janette ScottJanette Scott
British

Robert OsborneRobert Osborne
American

Iris MurdochIris Murdoch
Irish
John EisenhowerJohn Eisenhower
American

Robert CaroRobert Caro
American

Ann RuleAnn Rule
American

Rachel CorrieRachel Corrie
American
Barbara BarrieBarbara Barrie
American
Jim DavidsonJim Davidson
British

Howard MarksHoward Marks
British, Welsh

Essie Mae Washington-WilliamsEssie Mae Washington-Williams
American

Monica CrowleyMonica Crowley
American
Roy JenkinsRoy Jenkins
British, Welsh

Rona BarrettRona Barrett
American
Radhanath SwamiRadhanath Swami
American

Nancy MitfordNancy Mitford
British

Maria SchellMaria Schell
Austrian, Swiss
Karl PearsonKarl Pearson
British

Margaret DrabbleMargaret Drabble
British
Lytton StracheyLytton Strachey
British

Conor Cruise O'BrienConor Cruise O'Brien
Northern Irish

Harold NicolsonHarold Nicolson
British
Colleen McCulloughColleen McCullough
Australian

James BoswellJames Boswell
British, Scottish
Antonia FraserAntonia Fraser
British

Merlin HollandMerlin Holland
British

Garry WillsGarry Wills
American

Ruth BenedictRuth Benedict
American
Charles Francis Adams Sr.Charles Francis Adams Sr.
American

Peter AckroydPeter Ackroyd
British

AsserAsser
Welsh

John LahrJohn Lahr
American

Peter FitzSimonsPeter FitzSimons
Australian
E. P. ThompsonE. P. Thompson
British

Harvey CushingHarvey Cushing
American
Françoise SaganFrançoise Sagan
French

Rahul SankrityayanRahul Sankrityayan
Indian

Josephine TeyJosephine Tey
British
David LagercrantzDavid Lagercrantz
Swedish

Etty HillesumEtty Hillesum
-
John Lewis GaddisJohn Lewis Gaddis
American

Izaak WaltonIzaak Walton
British
Martin GilbertMartin Gilbert
-

Max FrischMax Frisch
Swiss

William ManchesterWilliam Manchester
American
Compton MackenzieCompton Mackenzie
British, Scottish

David BrewsterDavid Brewster
British, Scottish
James FarleyJames Farley
American