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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David IrvingDavid Irving
(British)

Jon MeachamJon Meacham
(American)
G. K. ChestertonG. K. Chesterton
(British)
Andrei TarkovskyAndrei Tarkovsky
(Russian)

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

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Ida TarbellIda Tarbell
(American)
John EisenhowerJohn Eisenhower
(American)
Sylvia KristelSylvia Kristel
(Dutch)

Monica CrowleyMonica Crowley
(American)
Michael Eric DysonMichael Eric Dyson
(American)
Michael FootMichael Foot
(British)

Iris MurdochIris Murdoch
(Irish)
Karl PearsonKarl Pearson
(British)
Maria SchellMaria Schell
(Austrian,Swiss)

Rachel CorrieRachel Corrie
(American)
Robert OsborneRobert Osborne
(American)
David LagercrantzDavid Lagercrantz
(Swedish)

Merlin HollandMerlin Holland
(British)
Barbara W. TuchmanBarbara W. Tuchman
(American)
John LahrJohn Lahr
(American)

Ruth BenedictRuth Benedict
(American)
Colleen McCulloughColleen McCullough
(Australian)
E. P. ThompsonE. P. Thompson
(British)

Peter FitzSimonsPeter FitzSimons
(Australian)
Harvey CushingHarvey Cushing
(American)
Max FrischMax Frisch
(Swiss)

Françoise SaganFrançoise Sagan
(French)
Harold NicolsonHarold Nicolson
(British)
Josephine TeyJosephine Tey
(British)

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Rahul SankrityayanRahul Sankrityayan
(Indian)
Garry WillsGarry Wills
(American)
Martin GilbertMartin Gilbert

John Lewis GaddisJohn Lewis Gaddis
(American)
William ManchesterWilliam Manchester
(American)
James Truslow AdamsJames Truslow Adams
(American)

David BrewsterDavid Brewster
(British,Scottish)
Etty HillesumEtty Hillesum
James HoggJames Hogg

Daniel J. BoorstinDaniel J. Boorstin
(American)
Max ManusMax Manus
(Norwegian)
David StraussDavid Strauss
(German)

Dick PoundDick Pound
(Canadian)
Steve PaikinSteve Paikin
(Canadian)
Alan BullockAlan Bullock
(British)

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

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

Anton SchindlerAnton Schindler
(German)
Ada Louise HuxtableAda Louise Huxtable
(American)
George WoodcockGeorge Woodcock
(Canadian)

Henri TroyatHenri Troyat
(Russian)
Alice Stone BlackwellAlice Stone Blackwell
(American)
Diogenes LaertiusDiogenes Laertius
(Greek)

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

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