Black and white photograph of Irish novelist James Joyce.

James Joyce

(1882 - 1941)

Photograph of journalist and author Fitz Hugh Ludlow.

Fitz Hugh Ludlow

(1836 - 1870)

Photograph of German writer Patrick Süskind.

Patrick Süskind

Black and white image of American writer Herman Melville.

Herman Melville

(1819 - 1891)

Painting of François Rabelais.

François Rabelais

(1494 - 1553)

Chinese poet Li Bai seated.

Li Bai

(701 - 762)

Color portrait of the Italian writer and libertine Giacomo Casanova.

Giacomo Casanova

(1725 - 1798)

Portrait of King James I.

King James I

(1566 - 1625)

Photograph of American poet Countee Cullen.

Countee Cullen

(1903 - 1946)

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

Frederick Douglass

(c. 1818 - 1895)

Photograph of American writer Francine Prose.

Francine Prose

Photograph of journalist, author, and professor Michael Pollan.

Michael Pollan

Photograph of American humorist and author David Sedaris.

David Sedaris

Depiction of chief of the Miami tribe Little Turtle.

Little Turtle

(c. 1752 - 1812)

Photograph of British writer Roald Dahl.

Roald Dahl

(1916 - 1990)

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

Sven Birkerts

Photograph of Charles Baudelaire

Charles Baudelaire

(1821 - 1867)

Depiction of Greek philosopher Plato.

Plato

(c. 427 BC - c. 347 BC)

Black and white photograph of German writer Hermann Hesse.

Hermann Hesse

(1877 - 1962)

Photograph of American author Jacqueline Susann.

Jacqueline Susann

(1921 - 1974)

Quintus Curtius Rufus

(c. 41 - c. 79)

Theognis

(c. 570 BC - c. 490 BC)

Portrait of Chinese scholar and official Lin Zexu.

Lin Zexu

(1785 - 1850)

Photograph of literary agent and author Bill Clegg.

Bill Clegg

Portrait of English essayist and critic Thomas De Quincey.

Thomas De Quincey

(1785 - 1859)

Painted portrait of English poet John Milton.

John Milton

(1608 - 1674)

Photograph of American novelist and short story writer Stephen Crane.

Stephen Crane

(1871 - 1900)

William Biddulph

Photograph of German literary critic Walter Benjamin.

Walter Benjamin

(1892 - 1940)

Image of Japanese poet and essayist Yoshida Kenko.

Yoshida Kenko

(c. 1283 - c. 1351)

Portrait bust of Greek lyric poet Archilochus.

Archilochus

(c. 740 BC - 680 BC)

Rebecca Lemon

Portrait of English poet John Keats.

John Keats

(1795 - 1821)

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)

Black and white photograph of Russian author Leo Tolstoy.

Leo Tolstoy

(1828 - 1910)

William Langland

(c. 1325 - c. 1390)

Photograph of American author Dennis Covington.

Dennis Covington

Portrait of French writer Stendhal.

Stendhal

(1783 - 1842)

Depiction of Plymouth colony governor William Bradford.

William Bradford

(1590 - 1657)

Photograph of American professional baseball player Dock Ellis.

Dock Ellis

(1945 - 2008)

Portrait bust of Greek historian Xenophon.

Xenophon

(c. 430 BC - c. 351 BC)

Photograph of Irish playwright and novelist Frank O'Connor.

Frank O’Connor

(1903 - 1966)

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

Honoré de Balzac

(1799 - 1850)

German socialist philosopher Friedrich Engels.

Friedrich Engels

(1820 - 1895)

Photograph of American clinical psychologist and writer Kay Redfield Jamison.

Kay Redfield Jamison

Photograph of American novelist and screenwriter Raymond Chandler.

Raymond Chandler

(1888 - 1959)

Photograph of American artist Andy Warhol.

Andy Warhol

(1928 - 1987)

Image of Japanese poet Ōtomo Tabito with horse.

Ōtomo Tabito

(665 - 731)

Lewis Lapham at his desk

Lewis H. Lapham

Photograph of American novelist and poet Jack Kerouac.

Jack Kerouac

(1922 - 1969)

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

Emily Dickinson

(1830 - 1886)

Photograph of American writer William S. Burroughs.

William S. Burroughs

(1914 - 1977)

Portrait of English physician John Elliotson.

John Elliotson

(1791 - 1868)

Photograph of Joan Didion

Joan Didion

Photograph of American writer William T. Vollmann.

William T. Vollmann

Dorothy Parker working at her typewriter.

Dorothy Parker

(1893 - 1967)

PHotograph of American comedian and film star Harpo Marx.

Harpo Marx

(1888 - 1964)

Photograph of Swiss chemist Albert Hofmann.

Albert Hofmann

(1906 - 2008)

Photograph of American jazz musician Art Pepper with saxophone.

Art Pepper

(1925 - 1982)

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

John Addington Symonds

(1840 - 1893)

Photograph of American novelist Jack London.

Jack London

(1876 - 1916)

Frontispiece for 1612-13 King James Bible.

The Bible

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

Sylvia Plath

(1932 - 1963)

Color portrait of German theologian and reformer Martin Luther.

Martin Luther

(1483 - 1546)

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

Charles Mackay

(1814 - 1889)

Engraving of Pliny the Elder.

Pliny the Elder

(23 - 79)

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

F. Scott Fitzgerald

(1896 - 1940)

Portrait of English lyrical poet and critic Samuel Taylor Coleridge.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge

(1772 - 1834)

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

Kingsley Amis

(1922 - 1995)

Photograph of American writer Denis Johnson.

Denis Johnson

(1949 - 2017)

Image of American lawyer and autobiographer Richard Henry Dana Jr.

Richard Henry Dana Jr.

(1815 - 1882)

Photograph of journalist Nick Reding.

Nick Reding

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

Marguerite Duras

(1914 - 1996)

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

Seneca the Younger

(4 BC - 65)

PHotograph of American writer Ernest Hemingway.

Ernest Hemingway

(1899 - 1961)

Depiction of German abbess and mystic St. Hildegard.

Hildegard of Bingen

(1098 - 1179)

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

Oliver Goldsmith

(1730 - 1774)

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

W.B. Yeats

(1865 - 1939)

Portrait of Scottish biographer and diarist James Boswell.

James Boswell

(1740 - 1795)

Depiction of Persian mathematician and poet Omar Khayyam.

Omar Khayyam

(1048 - 1131)

Photograph of American feminist and author Anne Roiphe.

Anne Roiphe