American songwriters Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller.

Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller

(c. 1950 - 2011)

American novelist and journalist Mark Helprin.

Mark Helprin

Painted portrait of Scottish philosopher David Hume.

David Hume

(1711 - 1776)

Portrait of West African writer and former slave Olaudah Equiano.

Olaudah Equiano

(c. 1745 - 1797)

American illusionist Teller.

Teller

Novelist and psychiatrist Daniel Mason.

Daniel Mason

Irish writer Colum McCann.

Colum McCann

American showman P.T. Barnum.

P.T. Barnum

(1810 - 1891)

Painting of Persian Muslim poet Farid ud-Din Attar.

Farid ud-Din Attar

(c. 1142 - c. 1220)

Photograph of English professor and author Andrew McConnell Stott.

Andrew McConnell Stott

Journalist and author Robert Whitaker.

Robert Whitaker

Detail of mural featuring Jacobus de Voragine, archbishop of Genoa and chronicler.

Jacobus de Voragine

(c. 1230 - 1298)

Portrait of Chinese fiction writer Pu Songling.

Pu Songling

(1640 - 1715)

Neoplatonist Greek philosopher Porphyry.

Porphyry

(c. 234 - c. 305)

American author H.P. Lovecraft.

H.P. Lovecraft

(1890 - 1937)

Black and white photograph of Colombian novelist Gabriel García Márquez.

Gabriel García Márquez

(1928 - 2014)

Tapestry depiction of King Arthur.

Thomas Malory

(c. 1416 - c. 1471)

English writer and scholar J.R.R. Tolkien.

J.R.R. Tolkien

(1892 - 1973)

Statue depicting Roman orator and historian Tacitus.

Tacitus

(56 - c. 120)

English essayist, novelist, journalist, and historian Harriet Martineau.

Harriet Martineau

(1802 - 1876)

Depiction of Chinese philosopher Mozi.

Mozi

(c. 470 BC - c. 391 BC)

Photograph of Colin Dickey standing in front of a brick wall.

Colin Dickey

American author and journalist Jamie James.

Jamie James

American author Steven Millhauser.

Steven Millhauser

Florentine sculptor and writer Benvenuto Cellini.

Benvenuto Cellini

(1500 - 1571)

Photograph of German sociologist and political economist Max Weber.

Max Weber

(1864 - 1920)

Polish-born American writer Isaac Bashevis Singer.

Isaac Bashevis Singer

(1904 - 1991)

Photograph of American short-story writer and poet Edgar Allan Poe.

Edgar Allan Poe

(1809 - 1849)

Photograph of Soviet playwright and writer Mikhail Bulgakov.

Mikhail Bulgakov

(1891 - 1940)

Yugoslav novelist Danilo Kiš.

Danilo Kiš

(1935 - 1989)

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

W.B. Yeats

(1865 - 1939)

Portrait of English physicist and mathematician Isaac Newton.

Isaac Newton

(1643 - 1727)

New York Times editor Richard W. Stevenson.

Richard W. Stevenson

Founder of Christian Science Mary Baker Eddy.

Mary Baker Eddy

(1821 - 1910)

Black and white photograph of German writer Hermann Hesse.

Hermann Hesse

(1877 - 1962)

Lewis Lapham at his desk

Lewis H. Lapham

Pierre de Lancre

(1553 - 1631)

Photograph of American writer and translator Lafcadio Hearn.

Lafcadio Hearn

(1850 - 1904)

Black and white photograph of Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung seated with legs crossed.

Carl Jung

(1875 - 1961)

Russian writer Yuri Olesha.

Yuri Olesha

(1899 - 1960)

Japanese diarist and poet Sei Shōnagon.

Sei Shonagon

(c. 966 - c. 1025)

 English dramatist, writer, and poet Aphra Behn.

Aphra Behn

(1640 - 1689)

Psychologist and writer Lauren Slater.

Lauren Slater

Irish writer Bram Stoker.

Bram Stoker

(1847 - 1912)

American writer John Berendt.

John Berendt

American Congregational minister Cotton Mather.

Cotton Mather

(1663 - 1728)

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

Homer

(c. 800 BC - 725 BC)

Spanish soldier and author Bernal Díaz del Castillo.

Bernal Díaz del Castillo

(c. 1495 - 1584)

Photograph of English novelist John Fowles.

John Fowles

(1926 - 2005)

Sculpture bust of Greek dramatist Euripides.

Euripides

(c. 484 BC - c. 406 BC)

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

Sylvia Plath

(1932 - 1963)

Image of Platonic philosopher, rhetorician, and author Lucius Apuleius.

Lucius Apuleius

(c. 124 - c. 171)

English writer Christopher Marlowe.

Christopher Marlowe

(1564 - 1593)

Sufi mystic and poet Rumi.

Rumi

(c. 1207 - 1273)

Black and white photograph of Austrian neurologist Sigmund Freud with cigar.

Sigmund Freud

(1856 - 1949)

Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca

(c. 1490 - c. 1560)

St. Augustine

Saint Augustine

(354 - 430)

Ammianus Marcellinus

(c. 330 - 395)

British author Angela Carter.

Angela Carter

(1940 - 1992)

English novelist and poet Emily Brontë.

Emily Brontë

(1818 - 1848)

American magician Harry Houdini.

Harry Houdini

(1874 - 1926)

British author Philip Pullman.

Philip Pullman

Scottish anthropologist and historian of religion James G. Frazer.

James G. Frazer

(1854 - 1941)

Oil painting portrair Michel de Montaigne in red robes and white collar

Michel de Montaigne

(1533 - 1592)

Ukrainian-born Russian novelist Nikolai Gogol.

Nikolai Gogol

(1809 - 1852)

Lady Sarashina

(c. 1008 - c. 1059)

Engraving of Greek satirist Lucian.

Lucian

(125 - c. 180)

Portrait of English-American writer and polemicist Thomas Paine.

Thomas Paine

(1737 - 1809)

Byzantine historian and daughter of the emperor Anna Comnena.

Anna Comnena

(1083 - c. 1153)

Pope Innocent VIII

Pope Innocent VIII

(1432 - 1492)

Austrian explorer and writer Heinrich Harrer.

Heinrich Harrer

(1912 - 2006)

French-American author J. Hector St. John de Crèvecoeur.

J. Hector St. John de Crèvecoeur

(1735 - 1813)

French Benedictine monk Antoine Augustin Calmet.

Antoine Augustin Calmet

(1672 - 1757)

Russian spiritualist Helena Blavatsky.

Helena Blavatsky

(1831 - 1891)

French mathematician and philosopher René Descartes.

René Descartes

(1596 - 1650)

German magician, occult writer, and theologian Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa.

Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa

(1486 - 1535)

Black and white photograph of John Crowley sitting on a porch.

John Crowley