Photograph of American writer and translator Lafcadio Hearn.

Lafcadio Hearn

(1850 - 1904)

British author Angela Carter.

Angela Carter

(1940 - 1992)

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

C.G. Jung

(1875 - 1961)

Novelist and psychiatrist Daniel Mason.

Daniel Mason

 English dramatist, writer, and poet Aphra Behn.

Aphra Behn

(1640 - 1689)

Portrait of Chinese fiction writer Pu Songling.

Pu Songling

(1640 - 1715)

Photograph of German sociologist and political economist Max Weber.

Max Weber

(1864 - 1920)

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

Sylvia Plath

(1932 - 1963)

St. Augustine

Saint Augustine

(354 - 430)

American illusionist Teller.

Teller

American songwriters Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller.

Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller

(c. 1950 - 2011)

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

W.B. Yeats

(1865 - 1939)

Irish writer Colum McCann.

Colum McCann

Psychologist and writer Lauren Slater.

Lauren Slater

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

Colin Dickey

Yugoslav novelist Danilo Kiš.

Danilo Kiš

(1935 - 1989)

Tapestry depiction of King Arthur.

Thomas Malory

(c. 1416 - c. 1471)

French Benedictine monk Antoine Augustin Calmet.

Antoine Augustin Calmet

(1672 - 1757)

American author H.P. Lovecraft.

H.P. Lovecraft

(1890 - 1937)

American showman P.T. Barnum.

P.T. Barnum

(1810 - 1891)

Lady Sarashina

(c. 1008 - c. 1059)

Photograph of Soviet playwright and writer Mikhail Bulgakov.

Mikhail Bulgakov

(1891 - 1940)

Photograph of English novelist John Fowles.

John Fowles

(1926 - 2005)

Pierre de Lancre

(1553 - 1631)

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

Homer

(c. 800 BC - 725 BC)

Austrian explorer and writer Heinrich Harrer.

Heinrich Harrer

(1912 - 2006)

Japanese diarist and poet Sei Shōnagon.

Sei Shonagon

(c. 966 - c. 1025)

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

Jacobus de Voragine

(c. 1230 - 1298)

American writer John Berendt.

John Berendt

Depiction of Chinese philosopher Mozi.

Mozi

(c. 470 BC - c. 391 BC)

Black and white photograph of Colombian novelist Gabriel García Márquez.

Gabriel García Márquez

(1928 - 2014)

Neoplatonist Greek philosopher Porphyry.

Porphyry

(c. 234 - c. 305)

Founder of Christian Science Mary Baker Eddy.

Mary Baker Eddy

(1821 - 1910)

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

Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa

(1486 - 1535)

Ukrainian-born Russian novelist Nikolai Gogol.

Nikolai Gogol

(1809 - 1852)

American author Steven Millhauser.

Steven Millhauser

English writer Christopher Marlowe.

Christopher Marlowe

(1564 - 1593)

American magician Harry Houdini.

Harry Houdini

(1874 - 1926)

Portrait of English-American writer and polemicist Thomas Paine.

Thomas Paine

(1737 - 1809)

Pope Innocent VIII

Pope Innocent VIII

(1432 - 1492)

American author and journalist Jamie James.

Jamie James

Irish writer Bram Stoker.

Bram Stoker

(1847 - 1912)

Portrait of West African writer and former slave Olaudah Equiano.

Olaudah Equiano

(c. 1745 - 1797)

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

J.R.R. Tolkien

(1892 - 1973)

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

Michel de Montaigne

(1533 - 1592)

Painting of Persian Muslim poet Farid ud-Din Attar.

Farid ud-Din Attar

(c. 1142 - c. 1220)

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

Edgar Allan Poe

(1809 - 1849)

Russian spiritualist Helena Blavatsky.

Helena Blavatsky

(1831 - 1891)

Scottish anthropologist and historian of religion James G. Frazer.

James G. Frazer

(1854 - 1941)

Russian writer Yuri Olesha.

Yuri Olesha

(1899 - 1960)

Polish-born American writer Isaac Bashevis Singer.

Isaac Bashevis Singer

(1904 - 1991)

Florentine sculptor and writer Benvenuto Cellini.

Benvenuto Cellini

(1500 - 1571)

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

Harriet Martineau

(1802 - 1876)

Spanish soldier and author Bernal Díaz del Castillo.

Bernal Díaz del Castillo

(c. 1495 - 1584)

American Congregational minister Cotton Mather.

Cotton Mather

(1663 - 1728)

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

John Crowley

Statue depicting Roman orator and historian Tacitus.

Tacitus

(56 - c. 120)

English novelist and poet Emily Brontë.

Emily Brontë

(1818 - 1848)

French mathematician and philosopher René Descartes.

René Descartes

(1596 - 1650)

Ammianus Marcellinus

(c. 330 - 395)

Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca

(c. 1490 - c. 1560)

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

Lucius Apuleius

(c. 124 - c. 171)

British author Philip Pullman.

Philip Pullman

Painted portrait of Scottish philosopher David Hume.

David Hume

(1711 - 1776)

Portrait of English physicist and mathematician Isaac Newton.

Isaac Newton

(1643 - 1727)

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

J. Hector St. John de Crèvecoeur

(1735 - 1813)

Engraving of Greek satirist Lucian.

Lucian

(125 - c. 180)

Sufi mystic and poet Rumi.

Rumi

(c. 1207 - 1273)

Journalist and author Robert Whitaker.

Robert Whitaker

Lewis Lapham at his desk

Lewis H. Lapham

Photograph of English professor and author Andrew McConnell Stott.

Andrew McConnell Stott

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

Sigmund Freud

(1856 - 1949)

Sculpture bust of Greek dramatist Euripides.

Euripides

(c. 484 BC - c. 406 BC)

Black and white photograph of German writer Hermann Hesse.

Hermann Hesse

(1877 - 1962)

American novelist and journalist Mark Helprin.

Mark Helprin

Byzantine historian and daughter of the emperor Anna Comnena.

Anna Comnena

(1083 - c. 1153)

New York Times editor Richard W. Stevenson.

Richard W. Stevenson