Photograph of journalist Nick Reding.

Nick Reding

Portrait of English lyrical poet and critic Samuel Taylor Coleridge.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge

(1772 - 1834)

Color portrait of the Italian writer and libertine Giacomo Casanova.

Giacomo Casanova

(1725 - 1798)

Photograph of American novelist and short story writer Stephen Crane.

Stephen Crane

(1871 - 1900)

Photograph of American novelist and screenwriter Raymond Chandler.

Raymond Chandler

(1888 - 1959)

Black and white image of American writer Herman Melville.

Herman Melville

(1819 - 1891)

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

Honoré de Balzac

(1799 - 1850)

Photograph of American jazz musician Art Pepper with saxophone.

Art Pepper

(1925 - 1982)

Photograph of American clinical psychologist and writer Kay Redfield Jamison.

Kay Redfield Jamison

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

Sven Birkerts

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

Frederick Douglass

(c. 1818 - 1895)

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

Charles Mackay

(1814 - 1889)

Portrait of Scottish biographer and diarist James Boswell.

James Boswell

(1740 - 1795)

Photograph of American feminist and author Anne Roiphe.

Anne Roiphe

Photograph of Charles Baudelaire

Charles Baudelaire

(1821 - 1867)

Photograph of American novelist and poet Jack Kerouac.

Jack Kerouac

(1922 - 1969)

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

Marguerite Duras

(1914 - 1996)

Photograph of journalist and author Fitz Hugh Ludlow.

Fitz Hugh Ludlow

(1836 - 1870)

Painting of François Rabelais.

François Rabelais

(1494 - 1553)

William Langland

(c. 1325 - c. 1390)

Portrait of English essayist and critic Thomas De Quincey.

Thomas De Quincey

(1785 - 1859)

Photograph of American writer William T. Vollmann.

William T. Vollmann

PHotograph of American writer Ernest Hemingway.

Ernest Hemingway

(1899 - 1961)

Photograph of American author Jacqueline Susann.

Jacqueline Susann

(1921 - 1974)

Photograph of Swiss chemist Albert Hofmann.

Albert Hofmann

(1906 - 2008)

Photograph of German writer Patrick Süskind.

Patrick Süskind

Depiction of Plymouth colony governor William Bradford.

William Bradford

(1590 - 1657)

Photograph of American humorist and author David Sedaris.

David Sedaris

Photograph of President Abraham Lincoln sitting in a chair.

Abraham Lincoln

(1809 - 1865)

Depiction of Greek lyric poet Sappho.

Sappho

(c. 610 BC - c. 570 BC)

Frontispiece for 1612-13 King James Bible.

The Bible

Depiction of German abbess and mystic St. Hildegard.

Hildegard of Bingen

(1098 - 1179)

PHotograph of American comedian and film star Harpo Marx.

Harpo Marx

(1888 - 1964)

Photograph of American artist Andy Warhol.

Andy Warhol

(1928 - 1987)

William Biddulph

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

W.B. Yeats

(1865 - 1939)

Photograph of Joan Didion

Joan Didion

Photograph of literary agent and author Bill Clegg.

Bill Clegg

Photograph of American author Dennis Covington.

Dennis Covington

Black and white photograph of Irish novelist James Joyce.

James Joyce

(1882 - 1941)

Engraving of Pliny the Elder.

Pliny the Elder

(23 - 79)

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

Seneca the Younger

(4 BC - 65)

Portrait bust of Greek lyric poet Archilochus.

Archilochus

(c. 740 BC - 680 BC)

Photograph of American writer William S. Burroughs.

William S. Burroughs

(1914 - 1977)

Theognis

(c. 570 BC - c. 490 BC)

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 journalist, author, and professor Michael Pollan.

Michael Pollan

Photograph of American writer Francine Prose.

Francine Prose

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)

Photograph of German literary critic Walter Benjamin.

Walter Benjamin

(1892 - 1940)

Depiction of chief of the Miami tribe Little Turtle.

Little Turtle

(c. 1752 - 1812)

Chinese poet Li Bai seated.

Li Bai

(701 - 762)

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

Kingsley Amis

(1922 - 1995)

Rebecca Lemon

Portrait bust of Greek historian Xenophon.

Xenophon

(c. 430 BC - c. 351 BC)

Photograph of American professional baseball player Dock Ellis.

Dock Ellis

(1945 - 2008)

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

Sylvia Plath

(1932 - 1963)

Photograph of Irish playwright and novelist Frank O'Connor.

Frank O’Connor

(1903 - 1966)

Black and white photograph of Russian author Leo Tolstoy.

Leo Tolstoy

(1828 - 1910)

Image of American lawyer and autobiographer Richard Henry Dana Jr.

Richard Henry Dana Jr.

(1815 - 1882)

Depiction of Greek philosopher Plato.

Plato

(c. 427 BC - c. 347 BC)

Photograph of British writer Roald Dahl.

Roald Dahl

(1916 - 1990)

Photograph of American novelist Jack London.

Jack London

(1876 - 1916)

Portrait of King James I.

King James I

(1566 - 1625)

Image of Japanese poet and essayist Yoshida Kenko.

Yoshida Kenko

(c. 1283 - c. 1351)

Photograph of American writer Denis Johnson.

Denis Johnson

(1949 - 2017)

Dorothy Parker working at her typewriter.

Dorothy Parker

(1893 - 1967)

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

Oliver Goldsmith

(1730 - 1774)

Lewis Lapham at his desk

Lewis H. Lapham

Painted portrait of English poet John Milton.

John Milton

(1608 - 1674)

Portrait of Chinese scholar and official Lin Zexu.

Lin Zexu

(1785 - 1850)

Portrait of English physician John Elliotson.

John Elliotson

(1791 - 1868)

Portrait of French writer Stendhal.

Stendhal

(1783 - 1842)

Black and white photograph of German writer Hermann Hesse.

Hermann Hesse

(1877 - 1962)

Portrait of English poet John Keats.

John Keats

(1795 - 1821)

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

John Addington Symonds

(1840 - 1893)

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

F. Scott Fitzgerald

(1896 - 1940)

Photograph of American poet Countee Cullen.

Countee Cullen

(1903 - 1946)

German socialist philosopher Friedrich Engels.

Friedrich Engels

(1820 - 1895)

Quintus Curtius Rufus

(c. 41 - c. 79)