Photograph of American writer Francine Prose.

Francine Prose

Image of Japanese poet and essayist Yoshida Kenko.

Yoshida Kenko

(c. 1283 - c. 1351)

Photograph of literary agent and author Bill Clegg.

Bill Clegg

William Langland

(c. 1325 - c. 1390)

PHotograph of American comedian and film star Harpo Marx.

Harpo Marx

(1888 - 1964)

Depiction of Plymouth colony governor William Bradford.

William Bradford

(1590 - 1657)

Image of French writer Honoré de Balzac with hand on chest.

Honoré de Balzac

(1799 - 1850)

William Biddulph

Portrait of English essayist and critic Thomas De Quincey.

Thomas De Quincey

(1785 - 1859)

Black and white image of American writer Herman Melville.

Herman Melville

(1819 - 1891)

Depiction of Greek lyric poet Sappho.

Sappho

(c. 610 BC - c. 570 BC)

Photograph of President Abraham Lincoln sitting in a chair.

Abraham Lincoln

(1809 - 1865)

Photograph of American author Jacqueline Susann.

Jacqueline Susann

(1921 - 1974)

Frontispiece for 1612-13 King James Bible.

The Bible

Portrait of French writer Stendhal.

Stendhal

(1783 - 1842)

Portrait of Anglo-Irish essayist, poet, novelist, and dramatist Oliver Goldsmith.

Oliver Goldsmith

(1730 - 1774)

German socialist philosopher Friedrich Engels.

Friedrich Engels

(1820 - 1895)

Photograph of English essayist, poet, and biographer John Addington Symonds.

John Addington Symonds

(1840 - 1893)

Portrait bust of Greek historian Xenophon.

Xenophon

(c. 430 BC - c. 351 BC)

Portrait bust of Greek lyric poet Archilochus.

Archilochus

(c. 740 BC - 680 BC)

Photograph of American novelist and poet Jack Kerouac.

Jack Kerouac

(1922 - 1969)

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

Seneca the Younger

(4 BC - 65)

Depiction of chief of the Miami tribe Little Turtle.

Little Turtle

(c. 1752 - 1812)

Photograph of African-American abolitionist and U.S. diplomat Frederick Douglass.

Frederick Douglass

(c. 1818 - 1895)

Depiction of German abbess and mystic St. Hildegard.

Hildegard of Bingen

(1098 - 1179)

Engraving of Pliny the Elder.

Pliny the Elder

(23 - 79)

Image of Scottish poet, journalist, and author Charles Mackay.

Charles Mackay

(1814 - 1889)

Portrait of English lyrical poet and critic Samuel Taylor Coleridge.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge

(1772 - 1834)

Black and white photograph of a young F. Scott Fitzgerald sitting at a desk.

F. Scott Fitzgerald

(1896 - 1940)

Depiction of Persian mathematician and poet Omar Khayyam.

Omar Khayyam

(1048 - 1131)

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

Emily Dickinson

(1830 - 1886)

Photograph of American artist Andy Warhol.

Andy Warhol

(1928 - 1987)

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

Marguerite Duras

(1914 - 1996)

Photograph of Swiss chemist Albert Hofmann.

Albert Hofmann

(1906 - 2008)

Photograph of journalist and author Fitz Hugh Ludlow.

Fitz Hugh Ludlow

(1836 - 1870)

Quintus Curtius Rufus

(c. 41 - c. 79)

Photograph of American novelist Jack London.

Jack London

(1876 - 1916)

Portrait of English physician John Elliotson.

John Elliotson

(1791 - 1868)

Photograph of American professional baseball player Dock Ellis.

Dock Ellis

(1945 - 2008)

Painted portrait of English poet John Milton.

John Milton

(1608 - 1674)

Dorothy Parker working at her typewriter.

Dorothy Parker

(1893 - 1967)

Photograph of Irish playwright and novelist Frank O'Connor.

Frank O’Connor

(1903 - 1966)

Painting of François Rabelais.

François Rabelais

(1494 - 1553)

Color portrait of the Italian writer and libertine Giacomo Casanova.

Giacomo Casanova

(1725 - 1798)

Photograph of English novelist, poet, and critic Kingsley Amis.

Kingsley Amis

(1922 - 1995)

Portrait of King James I.

King James I

(1566 - 1625)

Photograph of American jazz musician Art Pepper with saxophone.

Art Pepper

(1925 - 1982)

Color portrait of German theologian and reformer Martin Luther.

Martin Luther

(1483 - 1546)

Image of Japanese poet Ōtomo Tabito with horse.

Ōtomo Tabito

(665 - 731)

Black and white photograph of Irish novelist James Joyce.

James Joyce

(1882 - 1941)

Portrait of Scottish biographer and diarist James Boswell.

James Boswell

(1740 - 1795)

Depiction of Greek philosopher Plato.

Plato

(c. 427 BC - c. 347 BC)

Portrait of Chinese scholar and official Lin Zexu.

Lin Zexu

(1785 - 1850)

Photograph of American novelist and short story writer Stephen Crane.

Stephen Crane

(1871 - 1900)

Photograph of German writer Patrick Süskind.

Patrick Süskind

Theognis

(c. 570 BC - c. 490 BC)

Black and white photograph of Irish poet and writer W. B. Yeats.

W.B. Yeats

(1865 - 1939)

Photograph of British writer Roald Dahl.

Roald Dahl

(1916 - 1990)

PHotograph of American writer Ernest Hemingway.

Ernest Hemingway

(1899 - 1961)

Photograph of American writer Denis Johnson.

Denis Johnson

(1949 - 2017)

Photograph of German literary critic Walter Benjamin.

Walter Benjamin

(1892 - 1940)

Black and white photograph of Sven Birkerts sitting in front of a bookshelf.

Sven Birkerts

Photograph of journalist, author, and professor Michael Pollan.

Michael Pollan

Image of American lawyer and autobiographer Richard Henry Dana Jr.

Richard Henry Dana Jr.

(1815 - 1882)

Photograph of American novelist and screenwriter Raymond Chandler.

Raymond Chandler

(1888 - 1959)

Photograph of Joan Didion

Joan Didion

Photograph of American clinical psychologist and writer Kay Redfield Jamison.

Kay Redfield Jamison

Black and white photograph of Russian author Leo Tolstoy.

Leo Tolstoy

(1828 - 1910)

Photograph of American author Dennis Covington.

Dennis Covington

Photograph of journalist Nick Reding.

Nick Reding

Photograph of American humorist and author David Sedaris.

David Sedaris

Rebecca Lemon

Lewis Lapham at his desk

Lewis H. Lapham

Photograph of Charles Baudelaire

Charles Baudelaire

(1821 - 1867)

Photograph of American poet Countee Cullen.

Countee Cullen

(1903 - 1946)

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

Sylvia Plath

(1932 - 1963)

Portrait of English poet John Keats.

John Keats

(1795 - 1821)

Photograph of American writer William S. Burroughs.

William S. Burroughs

(1914 - 1977)

Black and white photograph of German writer Hermann Hesse.

Hermann Hesse

(1877 - 1962)

Photograph of American writer William T. Vollmann.

William T. Vollmann

Photograph of American feminist and author Anne Roiphe.

Anne Roiphe

Chinese poet Li Bai seated.

Li Bai

(701 - 762)