Mumon Gensen

(1323 - 1390)

Black and white image of German dramatist Heinrich von Kleist.

Heinrich von Kleist

(1777 - 1811)

Color portrait of English poet John Donne.

John Donne

(1572 - 1631)

Tamenaga Shunsui

(1790 - 1843)

Black and white photograph of American writer James Agee.

James Agee

(1909 - 1955)

Black and white photograph of French writer and film director Marguerite Duras.

Marguerite Duras

(1914 - 1996)

Black and white photograph of American poet and novelist Sylvia Plath.

Sylvia Plath

(1932 - 1963)

Black and white engraving of Roman author Petronius.

Petronius

(c. 27 - 66)

Diodorus Siculus

(c. 90 BC - c. 20 BC)

Black and white of photograph of American writer Michael Herr standing.

Michael Herr

Black and white photograph of scholar, novelist, and Christian apologist C.S. Lewis.

C.S. Lewis

(1898 - 1963)

Black and white photograph of English writer and traveler Gertrude Bell.

Gertrude Bell

(1868 - 1926)

Black and white photograph of Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung seated with legs crossed.

Carl Jung

(1875 - 1961)

Anyte

(c. 320 BC - c. 280 BC)

Sculpture bust of Greek dramatist Euripides.

Euripides

(c. 484 BC - c. 406 BC)

Black and white of Welsh poet and writer Dylan Thomas.

Dylan Thomas

(1914 - 1953)

Color portrait of Greek poet Anacreon.

Anacreon

(c. 582 BC - c. 485 BC)

Black and white photograph of American surgeon and author Sherwin Nuland.

Sherwin Nuland

(1930 - 2014)

Engraving of the medieval Arab traveler Ibn Battuta.

Ibn Battuta

(1304 - c. 1369)

Black and white photograph of American poet Sharon Olds.

Sharon Olds

Color photograph of American writer Mary Roach leaning on door.

Mary Roach

Portrait of Chinese Daoist Zhuangzi.

Zhuangzi

(c. 369 BC - 286 BC)

Black and white photograph of American writer and critic Anatole Broyard.

Anatole Broyard

(1920 - 1990)

American writer Barbara Lazear Ascher.

Barbara Lazear Ascher

Photograph of Soviet Russian writer and journalist Vasily Grossman.

Vasily Grossman

(1905 - 1964)

Photograph of American science writer Virginia Morell with dog.

Virginia Morell

Daniel Somers

(1983 - 2013)

Photograph of American short-story writer and poet Edgar Allan Poe.

Edgar Allan Poe

(1809 - 1849)

Black and white photograph of Italian-born American anarchist Bartolomeo Vanzetti.

Bartolomeo Vanzetti

(1888 - 1927)

Black and white photograph of Spanish filmmaker Luis Buñuel.

Luis Buñuel

(1900 - 1983)

Black and white photograph of Italian writer and chemist Primo Levi.

Primo Levi

(1919 - 1987)

Ahmad Ibn Fadlan

(c. 900 - c. 922)

Black and white photograph of former American Marine Guy Gabaldon.

Guy Gabaldon

(1926 - 2006)

Color photograph of American poet and critic Paul Zweig.

Paul Zweig

(1935 - 1984)

Painted portrait of Scottish philosopher David Hume.

David Hume

(1711 - 1776)

Color photograph of Russian multimillionaire Dmitry Itskov.

Dmitry Itskov

Black and white photograph of English poet and librarian Philip Larkin.

Philip Larkin

(1922 - 1985)

Color engraving of Italian poet, scholar, and humanist Petrarch.

Petrarch

(1304 - 1374)

Black and white photograph of American Red Cross founder Clara Barton.

Clara Barton

(1821 - 1912)

Color image of English novelist Charlotte Brontë with book in hand.

Charlotte Brontë

(1816 - 1855)

Photograph of American author and editor Bess Lovejoy.

Bess Lovejoy

Black and white image of Japanese haiku poet Kobayashi Issa.

Kobayashi Issa

(1763 - 1828)

Black and white print of English politician, essayist, and historian Thomas Babington Macaulay.

Thomas Babington Macaulay

(1800 - 1859)

Black and white photograph of English writer and critic Lytton Strachey.

Lytton Strachey

(1880 - 1932)

Fresco of Franciscan friar and traveler Giovanni da Pian del Carpine.

Giovanni da Pian del Carpini

(c. 1180 - 1252)

Black and white photograph of Bolshevik officer Yakov Yurovsky.

Yakov Yurovsky

(1872 - 1938)

Color portrait of Chinese writer and poet Han Yu.

Han Yu

(768 - 824)

Yamanoue no Okura

(c. 660 - c. 733)

Photograph of American editor Brent Cunningham.

Brent Cunningham

Black and white photograph of English poet Robert Browning seated.

Robert Browning

(1812 - 1889)

Black and white image of English philosopher and political theorist John Stuart Mill.

John Stuart Mill

(1806 - 1873)

Sculpture bust of Greek historian Herodotus.

Herodotus

(c. 484 BC - c. 425 BC)

Black and white photograph of poet, diplomat, and civil rights activist James Weldon Johnson.

James Weldon Johnson

(1871 - 1938)

Painting of Greek philosopher Heraclitus weeping over a globe.

Heraclitus

(c. 540 BC - c. 480 BC)

Painted portrait of English physician and author Thomas Browne.

Thomas Browne

(1605 - 1682)

Color photograph of American physician Jack Kevorkian.

Jack Kevorkian

(1928 - 2011)

Black and white image of Persian lyric poet Hafez.

Hafiz

(c. 1320 - c. 1390)

Black and white photograph of Italian novelist Italo Svevo.

Italo Svevo

(1861 - 1928)

Black and white photograph of English writer Virginia Woolf.

Virginia Woolf

(1882 - 1941)

American writer Philip Roth.

Philip Roth