Photograph of English novelist Charles Dickens.

Charles Dickens

(1812 - 1870)

Photograph of former U.S. President Millard Fillmore.

Millard Fillmore

(1800 - 1874)

Black and white photograph of Russian poet Marina Tsvetaeva.

Marina Tsvetaeva

(1892 - 1941)

Engraving of the medieval Arab traveler Ibn Battuta.

Ibn Battuta

(1304 - c. 1369)

Black and white image of American writer Herman Melville.

Herman Melville

(1819 - 1891)

Photograph of British writer Richard Hughes.

Richard Hughes

(1900 - 1976)

Sculpture bust of Greek historian Herodotus.

Herodotus

(c. 484 BC - c. 425 BC)

Philip Drake

(c. 1790 - c. 1857)

Photograph of German-English novelist W.G. Sebald.

W.G. Sebald

(1944 - 2001)

Manuscript image of St. Bede.

Saint Bede

(c. 673 - 735)

Photograph of English novelist John Fowles.

John Fowles

(1926 - 2005)

Painting of Benjamin Franklin reading a batch of papers next to a classical bust.

Benjamin Franklin

(1706 - 1790)

Photograph of Sri Lankan memoirist and economist Sonali Deraniyagala.

Sonali Deraniyagala

Photograph of American novelist Maggie Shipstead.

Maggie Shipstead

Photograph of American writer William Langewiesche.

William Langewiesche

Image of Chinese poet Bai Juyi.

Bai Juyi

(772 - 846)

Photograph of Italian writer Italo Calvino.

Italo Calvino

(1923 - 1985)

Photograph of American novelist Kate Chopin.

Kate Chopin

(1851 - 1904)

Black and white image of Greek biographer and writer Plutarch.

Plutarch

(46 - c. 120)

Photograph of British historian and diplomat James Bryce.

James Bryce

(1838 - 1922)

Jules Verne

Jules Verne

(1828 - 1905)

Painting of François Rabelais.

François Rabelais

(1494 - 1553)

Photograph of American journalist Sebastian Junger.

Sebastian Junger

Photograph of British explorer and surgeon G. Murray Levick.

G. Murray Levick

(1876 - 1956)

Image of Japanese haiku poet Matsuo Bashō.

Matsuo Bashō

(1644 - 1694)

Engraving of William Shakespeare from the first folio edition.

William Shakespeare

(1564 - 1616)

Photograph of American oceanographer Charles Moore.

Charles Moore

Photograph of American dramatist Eugene O’Neill.

Eugene O’Neill

(1888 - 1953)

Black and white photograph of Polish-born English writer Joseph Conrad.

Joseph Conrad

(1857 - 1924)

Anyte

(c. 320 BC - c. 280 BC)

Photograph of American writer and naturalist Henry Beston.

Henry Beston

(1888 - 1968)

Photograph of American food writer M.F.K. Fisher with cat.

M.F.K. Fisher

(1908 - 1992)

T.S. Eliot

T.S. Eliot

(1888 - 1965)

Photograph of American novelist Katherine Anne Porter.

Katherine Anne Porter

(1890 - 1980)

Photograph of African-American poet and writer Langston Hughes.

Langston Hughes

(1902 - 1967)

Black and white photograph of Colombian novelist Gabriel García Márquez.

Gabriel García Márquez

(1928 - 2014)

Photograph of Titanic survivor Jack Thayer.

Jack Thayer

(1894 - 1945)

Black and white photograph of American novelist John Steinbeck.

John Steinbeck

(1902 - 1968)

Image of medieval traveler Sir John Mandeville.

John Mandeville

(c. 1300 - 1371)

Photograph of American dramatist Edward Albee.

Edward Albee

(1928 - 2016)

Painting of English privateer Woodes Rogers.

Woodes Rogers

(c. 1679 - 1732)

Photograph of West Indian poet and playwright Derek Walcott.

Derek Walcott

(1930 - 2017)

Photograph of author Charles Sprawson in subway station.

Charles Sprawson

Color portrait of English poet John Donne.

John Donne

(1572 - 1631)

Photograph of British writer and journalist Simon Winchester.

Simon Winchester

Photograph of traveler and writer Isabella Bird.

Isabella Bird

(1831 - 1904)

Image of English journalist and sociologist Henry Mayhew.

Henry Mayhew

(1812 - 1887)

Engraving of Scottish economist Adam Smith.

Adam Smith

(1723 - 1790)

Engraving of Pliny the Elder.

Pliny the Elder

(23 - 79)

Photograph of American writer and translator Lafcadio Hearn.

Lafcadio Hearn

(1850 - 1904)

Janet Schaw

(c. 1731 - c. 1801)

Engraving of Greek satirist Lucian.

Lucian

(125 - c. 180)

Orderic Vitalis

(1075 - c. 1142)

Painting of an older Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel.

Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel

(1770 - 1831)

Black and white photograph of American poet Marianne Moore.

Marianne Moore

(1887 - 1972)

Engraving of Roman poet Horace.

Horace

(65 BC - 8 BC)

Portrait of West African writer and former slave Olaudah Equiano.

Olaudah Equiano

(c. 1745 - 1797)

Lewis Lapham at his desk

Lewis H. Lapham

Portrait bust of Roman poet Virgil.

Virgil

(70 BC - 19 BC)

Portrait bust of presumed author of the Iliad and the Odyssey Homer.

Homer

(c. 800 BC - 725 BC)

Painted portrait of Italian navigator Christopher Columbus.

Christopher Columbus

(1451 - 1506)

Author and journalist Caroline Alexander.

Caroline Alexander

Engraving of Italian adventurer Giovanni Francesco Gemelli Careri.

Giovanni Francesco Gemelli Careri

(1651 - 1725)

Photograph of American writer Lawrence Wright.

Lawrence Wright

Sepia toned photograph of Lewis Carroll in a suit, reading a book

Lewis Carroll

(1832 - 1898)

Moses Smith

(1783 - 1870)

Achilles Tatius

(c. 200 - c. 250)

Photograph of English literary historian and critic Edmund Gosse.

Edmund Gosse

(1849 - 1928)

Photograph of French writer Guy de Maupassant.

Guy de Maupassant

(1850 - 1893)

Image of American lawyer and autobiographer Richard Henry Dana Jr.

Richard Henry Dana Jr.

(1815 - 1882)

Black and white photograph of Scottish writer Robert Louis Stevenson.

Robert Louis Stevenson

(1850 - 1894)

Engraving of Portuguese poet Luís de Camões.

Luís de Camões

(c. 1525 - 1580)

Image of Japanese poet Kakinomoto Hitomaro.

Kakinomoto Hitomaro

(c. 662 - c. 708)

Photograph of Scottish physician James Lowson.

James Lowson

(1866 - 1935)

Portrait of English novelist and poet Charlotte Smith.

Charlotte Smith

(1749 - 1806)

Color photograph of French oceanic explorer Jacques Cousteau in parka.

Jacques Cousteau

(1910 - 1977)

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

Charlotte Brontë

(1816 - 1855)

Painted portrait of British explorer James Cook.

James Cook

(1728 - 1779)

Photograph of Rachel Carson

Rachel Carson

(1907 - 1964)