Photograph of journalist and author Fitz Hugh Ludlow.

Fitz Hugh Ludlow

(1836 - 1870)

German socialist philosopher Friedrich Engels.

Friedrich Engels

(1820 - 1895)

PHotograph of American writer Ernest Hemingway.

Ernest Hemingway

(1899 - 1961)

Dorothy Parker working at her typewriter.

Dorothy Parker

(1893 - 1967)

Photograph of journalist, author, and professor Michael Pollan.

Michael Pollan

Rebecca Lemon

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

W.B. Yeats

(1865 - 1939)

Engraving of Pliny the Elder.

Pliny the Elder

(23 - 79)

Photograph of German literary critic Walter Benjamin.

Walter Benjamin

(1892 - 1940)

Photograph of American humorist and author David Sedaris.

David Sedaris

Photograph of American novelist and short story writer Stephen Crane.

Stephen Crane

(1871 - 1900)

Photograph of British writer Roald Dahl.

Roald Dahl

(1916 - 1990)

Portrait of English poet John Keats.

John Keats

(1795 - 1821)

Portrait of Scottish biographer and diarist James Boswell.

James Boswell

(1740 - 1795)

PHotograph of American comedian and film star Harpo Marx.

Harpo Marx

(1888 - 1964)

Photograph of American professional baseball player Dock Ellis.

Dock Ellis

(1945 - 2008)

Portrait of Chinese scholar and official Lin Zexu.

Lin Zexu

(1785 - 1850)

Photograph of American writer Denis Johnson.

Denis Johnson

(1949 - 2017)

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

Seneca the Younger

(4 BC - 65)

Portrait of King James I.

King James I

(1566 - 1625)

Painting of François Rabelais.

François Rabelais

(1494 - 1553)

Black and white photograph of Russian author Leo Tolstoy.

Leo Tolstoy

(1828 - 1910)

Photograph of American writer Francine Prose.

Francine Prose

Portrait of English physician John Elliotson.

John Elliotson

(1791 - 1868)

William Langland

(c. 1325 - c. 1390)

Photograph of American author Dennis Covington.

Dennis Covington

Depiction of chief of the Miami tribe Little Turtle.

Little Turtle

(c. 1752 - 1812)

Photograph of American novelist and screenwriter Raymond Chandler.

Raymond Chandler

(1888 - 1959)

Photograph of American writer William S. Burroughs.

William S. Burroughs

(1914 - 1977)

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

John Addington Symonds

(1840 - 1893)

Photograph of Irish playwright and novelist Frank O'Connor.

Frank O’Connor

(1903 - 1966)

Frontispiece for 1612-13 King James Bible.

The Bible

Photograph of Joan Didion

Joan Didion

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

Charles Mackay

(1814 - 1889)

Photograph of American artist Andy Warhol.

Andy Warhol

(1928 - 1987)

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

Frederick Douglass

(c. 1818 - 1895)

William Biddulph

Portrait bust of Greek lyric poet Archilochus.


(c. 740 BC - 680 BC)

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

Marguerite Duras

(1914 - 1996)

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

Emily Dickinson

(1830 - 1886)

Portrait bust of Greek historian Xenophon.


(c. 430 BC - c. 351 BC)

Photograph of American novelist and poet Jack Kerouac.

Jack Kerouac

(1922 - 1969)

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

Oliver Goldsmith

(1730 - 1774)

Depiction of Greek lyric poet Sappho.


(c. 610 BC - c. 570 BC)

Portrait of English essayist and critic Thomas De Quincey.

Thomas De Quincey

(1785 - 1859)

Photograph of German writer Patrick Süskind.

Patrick Süskind

Portrait of English lyrical poet and critic Samuel Taylor Coleridge.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge

(1772 - 1834)

Portrait of French writer Stendhal.


(1783 - 1842)

Color portrait of the Italian writer and libertine Giacomo Casanova.

Giacomo Casanova

(1725 - 1798)

Photograph of literary agent and author Bill Clegg.

Bill Clegg

Photograph of American clinical psychologist and writer Kay Redfield Jamison.

Kay Redfield Jamison

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

Kingsley Amis

(1922 - 1995)

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

Honoré de Balzac

(1799 - 1850)

Black and white image of American writer Herman Melville.

Herman Melville

(1819 - 1891)

Photograph of American writer William T. Vollmann.

William T. Vollmann

Depiction of Greek philosopher Plato.


(c. 427 BC - c. 347 BC)

Depiction of Persian mathematician and poet Omar Khayyam.

Omar Khayyam

(1048 - 1131)

Depiction of Plymouth colony governor William Bradford.

William Bradford

(1590 - 1657)

Photograph of American author Jacqueline Susann.

Jacqueline Susann

(1921 - 1974)

Quintus Curtius Rufus

(c. 41 - c. 79)

Photograph of journalist Nick Reding.

Nick Reding

Photograph of American poet Countee Cullen.

Countee Cullen

(1903 - 1946)

Photograph of American feminist and author Anne Roiphe.

Anne Roiphe

Color portrait of German theologian and reformer Martin Luther.

Martin Luther

(1483 - 1546)

Image of American lawyer and autobiographer Richard Henry Dana Jr.

Richard Henry Dana Jr.

(1815 - 1882)

Image of Japanese poet Ōtomo Tabito with horse.

Ōtomo Tabito

(665 - 731)

Painted portrait of English poet John Milton.

John Milton

(1608 - 1674)

Photograph of Swiss chemist Albert Hofmann.

Albert Hofmann

(1906 - 2008)

Photograph of Charles Baudelaire

Charles Baudelaire

(1821 - 1967)

Chinese poet Li Bai seated.

Li Bai

(701 - 762)

Black and white photograph of Irish novelist James Joyce.

James Joyce

(1882 - 1941)

Photograph of President Abraham Lincoln sitting in a chair.

Abraham Lincoln

(1809 - 1865)


(c. 570 BC - c. 490 BC)

Photograph of American jazz musician Art Pepper with saxophone.

Art Pepper

(1925 - 1982)

Depiction of German abbess and mystic St. Hildegard.

Hildegard of Bingen

(1098 - 1179)

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

Sylvia Plath

(1932 - 1963)

Image of Japanese poet and essayist Yoshida Kenko.

Yoshida Kenko

(c. 1283 - c. 1351)

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

F. Scott Fitzgerald

(1896 - 1940)

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

Sven Birkerts

Black and white photograph of German writer Hermann Hesse.

Hermann Hesse

(1877 - 1962)

Lewis Lapham at his desk

Lewis H. Lapham

Photograph of American novelist Jack London.

Jack London

(1876 - 1916)