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)

Andrei TarkovskyAndrei Tarkovsky
G. K. ChestertonG. K. Chesterton
(British)

David IrvingDavid Irving
(British)

Stefan ZweigStefan Zweig
(British)

William HagueWilliam Hague
(British)
Sylvia KristelSylvia Kristel
(Dutch)

Ida TarbellIda Tarbell
(American)
Michael FootMichael Foot
(British)

Iris MurdochIris Murdoch
(Irish)

Robert OsborneRobert Osborne
(American)

Garry WillsGarry Wills
(American)
Ron ChernowRon Chernow
(American)

Karl PearsonKarl Pearson
(British)
Dick PoundDick Pound
(Canadian)

Rachel CorrieRachel Corrie
(American)

Monica CrowleyMonica Crowley
(American)

John EisenhowerJohn Eisenhower
(American)
Jon MeachamJon Meacham
(American)

Ruth BenedictRuth Benedict
(American)
David BrewsterDavid Brewster
(British,Scottish)

E. P. ThompsonE. P. Thompson
(British)

David LagercrantzDavid Lagercrantz
(Swedish)

Harvey CushingHarvey Cushing
(American)
Stacy SchiffStacy Schiff
(American)

Colleen McCulloughColleen McCullough
(Australian)
Maria SchellMaria Schell
(Austrian,Swiss)

Michael Eric DysonMichael Eric Dyson
(American)

James Truslow AdamsJames Truslow Adams
(American)

Barbara W. TuchmanBarbara W. Tuchman
(American)
Peter FitzSimonsPeter FitzSimons
(Australian)

Josephine TeyJosephine Tey
(British)
Martin GilbertMartin Gilbert

Max ManusMax Manus
(Norwegian)

Max FrischMax Frisch
(Swiss)

William ManchesterWilliam Manchester
(American)
John Lewis GaddisJohn Lewis Gaddis
(American)

Benjamin FondaneBenjamin Fondane
(French,Romanian)
Merlin HollandMerlin Holland
(British)

Daniel J. BoorstinDaniel J. Boorstin
(American)

John LahrJohn Lahr
(American)

Harold NicolsonHarold Nicolson
(British)
Etty HillesumEtty Hillesum

David StraussDavid Strauss
(German)
Rahul SankrityayanRahul Sankrityayan
(Indian)

Anton SchindlerAnton Schindler
(German)

James HoggJames Hogg

Alan BullockAlan Bullock
(British)
Henri BarbusseHenri Barbusse
(French)

George WoodcockGeorge Woodcock
(Canadian)
Steve PaikinSteve Paikin
(Canadian)

Robert LaceyRobert Lacey
(British)

Laura HuxleyLaura Huxley
(Italian)

Hervey AllenHervey Allen
(American)
Ada Louise HuxtableAda Louise Huxtable
(American)

William TaylorWilliam Taylor
(American)
Alice Stone BlackwellAlice Stone Blackwell
(American)

Agnes RepplierAgnes Repplier
(American)

Ștefan BaciuȘtefan Baciu
(Romanian)

Gladys Bronwyn SternGladys Bronwyn Stern
(British)
Alexander WalkerAlexander Walker
(British)

Françoise SaganFrançoise Sagan
(French)

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