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

Gertrude Bell

(1868 - 1926)

Black and white image of Japanese haiku poet Kobayashi Issa.

Kobayashi Issa

(1763 - 1828)

Black and white photograph of Italian novelist Italo Svevo.

Italo Svevo

(1861 - 1928)

Color photograph of Russian multimillionaire Dmitry Itskov.

Dmitry Itskov

Photograph of American science writer Virginia Morell with dog.

Virginia Morell

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

Bartolomeo Vanzetti

(1888 - 1927)

Black and white photograph of John Crowley sitting on a porch.

John Crowley

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

Thomas Babington Macaulay

(1800 - 1859)

Black and white image of Persian lyric poet Hafez.

Hafez

(c. 1320 - c. 1390)

Black and white image of German dramatist Heinrich von Kleist.

Heinrich von Kleist

(1777 - 1811)

Henry David Thoreau

Henry David Thoreau

(1817 - 1862)

Tamenaga Shunsui

(1790 - 1843)

Painted portrait of Scottish philosopher David Hume.

David Hume

(1711 - 1776)

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

Giovanni da Pian del Carpini

(c. 1180 - 1252)

Mumon Gensen

(1323 - 1390)

Engraving of William Shakespeare from the first folio edition.

William Shakespeare

(1564 - 1616)

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

Lytton Strachey

(1880 - 1932)

Black and white photograph of French novelist, essayist, and playwright Albert Camus.

Albert Camus

(1913 - 1960)

Black and white engraving of Roman author Petronius.

Petronius

(c. 27 - 66)

Black and white image of Roman philosopher and statesman Seneca the Younger.

Seneca the Younger

(4 BC - 65)

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

James Weldon Johnson

(1871 - 1938)

Anyte

(c. 320 BC - c. 280 BC)

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

Michael Herr

Sculpture bust of Greek dramatist Euripides.

Euripides

(c. 484 BC - c. 406 BC)

Black and white photograph of Emily Dickinson sitting next to a desk.

Emily Dickinson

(1830 - 1886)

Portrait bust of Greek dramatist Aeschylus.

Aeschylus

(c. 525 BC - 456 BC)

English-born American poet W. H. Auden.

W.H. Auden

(1907 - 1973)

Photograph of American author and editor Bess Lovejoy.

Bess Lovejoy

Color photograph of American writer Mary Roach leaning on door.

Mary Roach

Photograph of Soviet Russian writer and journalist Vasily Grossman.

Vasily Grossman

(1905 - 1964)

Oil painting portrair Michel de Montaigne in red robes and white collar

Michel de Montaigne

(1533 - 1592)

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

Charlotte Brontë

(1816 - 1855)

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

Sherwin Nuland

(1930 - 2014)

Painted portrait of English physician and author Thomas Browne.

Thomas Browne

(1605 - 1682)

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

Marguerite Duras

(1914 - 1996)

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

Edgar Allan Poe

(1809 - 1849)

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

John Stuart Mill

(1806 - 1873)

Painting of Greek philosopher Heraclitus weeping over a globe.

Heraclitus

(c. 540 BC - c. 480 BC)

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

Anatole Broyard

(1920 - 1990)

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

Petrarch

(1304 - 1374)

Yamanoue no Okura

(c. 660 - c. 733)

Black and white image of Greek biographer and writer Plutarch.

Plutarch

(46 - c. 120)

Black and white engraving of Roman poet Ovid in profile.

Ovid

(43 BC - c. 17)

Ahmad Ibn Fadlan

(c. 900 - c. 922)

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

Clara Barton

(1821 - 1912)

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

Sylvia Plath

(1932 - 1963)

Lewis Lapham at his desk

Lewis H. Lapham

Black and white photograph of Spanish filmmaker Luis Buñuel.

Luis Buñuel

(1900 - 1983)

Diodorus Siculus

(c. 90 BC - c. 20 BC)

Color photograph of American writer Annie Dillard.

Annie Dillard

Sculpture bust of Greek historian Herodotus.

Herodotus

(c. 484 BC - c. 425 BC)

Engraving of the medieval Arab traveler Ibn Battuta.

Ibn Battuta

(1304 - c. 1369)

Color portrait of English poet John Donne.

John Donne

(1572 - 1631)

Color photograph of American poet and critic Paul Zweig.

Paul Zweig

(1935 - 1984)

Black and white photograph of American writer James Agee.

James Agee

(1909 - 1955)

Color portrait of Chinese writer and poet Han Yu.

Han Yu

(768 - 824)

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

Philip Larkin

(1922 - 1985)

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

C.S. Lewis

(1898 - 1963)

Color portrait of Greek poet Anacreon.

Anacreon

(c. 582 BC - c. 485 BC)

Portrait of Chinese Daoist Zhuangzi.

Zhuangzi

(c. 369 BC - 286 BC)

Photograph of President Abraham Lincoln sitting in a chair.

Abraham Lincoln

(1809 - 1865)

Black and white of Welsh poet and writer Dylan Thomas.

Dylan Thomas

(1914 - 1953)

Black and white photograph of American poet Sharon Olds.

Sharon Olds

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

Primo Levi

(1919 - 1987)

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

Carl Jung

(1875 - 1961)

American writer Philip Roth.

Philip Roth

(1933 - 2018)

Black and white photograph of English poet Robert Browning seated.

Robert Browning

(1812 - 1889)

American writer Barbara Lazear Ascher.

Barbara Lazear Ascher

Engraving of a bust of Lucretius.

Lucretius

(c. 95 BC - c. 50 BC)

Black and white photograph of Russian author Leo Tolstoy.

Leo Tolstoy

(1828 - 1910)

Black and white photograph of English writer Virginia Woolf.

Virginia Woolf

(1882 - 1941)

Photograph of American editor Brent Cunningham.

Brent Cunningham

Detail of mural featuring Jacobus de Voragine, archbishop of Genoa and chronicler.

Jacobus de Voragine

(c. 1230 - 1298)

Daniel Somers

(1983 - 2013)

Joseph Heller

Joseph Heller

(1923 - 1999)

Black and white photograph of Bolshevik officer Yakov Yurovsky.

Yakov Yurovsky

(1872 - 1938)

Black and white photograph of critic and novelist Mary McCarthy.

Mary McCarthy

(1912 - 1989)

Black and white photograph of former American Marine Guy Gabaldon.

Guy Gabaldon

(1926 - 2006)

Color photograph of American physician Jack Kevorkian.

Jack Kevorkian

(1928 - 2011)