John Wecker

(1528 - 1586)

American novelist Upton Sinclair.

Upton Sinclair

(1878 - 1968)

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

Frederick Douglass

(c. 1818 - 1895)

Color photograph of American writer Annie Dillard.

Annie Dillard

Black and white photograph of American writer Harper Lee.

Harper Lee

(1926 - 2016)

Hanna Lévy-Hass

(1913 - 2001)

Neoplatonist Greek philosopher Porphyry.

Porphyry

(c. 234 - c. 305)

Photograph of Charles Baudelaire

Charles Baudelaire

(1821 - 1867)

English author Evelyn Waugh.

Evelyn Waugh

(1903 - 1966)

Photograph of Vladimir Nabokov

Vladimir Nabokov

(1899 - 1977)

American professor and journalist Deborah Blum.

Deborah Blum

Photograph of American editor Brent Cunningham.

Brent Cunningham

Czech writer Bohumil Hrabal.

Bohumil Hrabal

(1914 - 1997)

British traveler Charles M. Doughty.

Charles M. Doughty

(1843 - 1926)

American historian Francis Parkman.

Francis Parkman

(1823 - 1893)

Painted portrait of English poet John Milton.

John Milton

(1608 - 1674)

English animal rights advocate Donald Watson.

Donald Watson

(1910 - 2005)

Black and white engraving of Roman poet Ovid in profile.

Ovid

(43 BC - c. 17)

Irish author Marguerite Gardiner, Countess of Blessington.

Marguerite Gardiner, Countess of Blessington

(1789 - 1849)

British suffragette activist, writer, and speaker Constance Lytton.

Constance Lytton

(1869 - 1923)

British author Hilaire Belloc.

Hilaire Belloc

(1870 - 1953)

Greek physician, writer, and philosopher Galen.

Galen

(129 - c. 216)

American cook and author Julia Child.

Julia Child

(1912 - 2004)

Painting of humanist and scholar Desiderius Erasmus.

Desiderius Erasmus

(1466 - 1536)

American musician Duke Ellington.

Duke Ellington

(1899 - 1974)

Indian actress and food writer Madhur Jaffrey.

Madhur Jaffrey

Italian artist and author Giorgio Vasari.

Giorgio Vasari

(1511 - 1574)

Engraving of Roman poet Horace.

Horace

(65 BC - 8 BC)

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

Homer

(c. 800 BC - 725 BC)

French author Alexandre Dumas.

Alexandre Dumas

(1802 - 1870)

St. Augustine

Saint Augustine

(354 - 430)

Portrait bust of Greek historian Xenophon.

Xenophon

(c. 430 BC - c. 351 BC)

American author Tom Robbins.

Tom Robbins

American poet Allen Ginsberg.

Allen Ginsberg

(1926 - 1997)

Henry David Thoreau

Henry David Thoreau

(1817 - 1862)

American journalist Barbara Demick.

Barbara Demick

English novelist, essayist, and critic George Orwell.

George Orwell

(1903 - 1950)

Photograph of English novelist Charles Dickens.

Charles Dickens

(1812 - 1870)

Scottish novelist Tobias Smollett.

Tobias Smollett

(1721 - 1771)

French Benedictine monk Antoine Augustin Calmet.

Antoine Augustin Calmet

(1672 - 1757)

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

Michel de Montaigne

(1533 - 1592)

Statue of the Persian poet Ferdowsi.

Ferdowsi

(c. 935 - c. 1020)

Piers Paul Read

Roman emperor Julian.

Julian

(332 - 363)

American author Laura Ingalls Wilder.

Laura Ingalls Wilder

(1867 - 1957)

American journalist Hunter S. Thompson.

Hunter S. Thompson

(1937 - 2005)

Sufi mystic and poet Rumi.

Rumi

(c. 1207 - 1273)

photograph of David Foster Wallace speaking at a podium

David Foster Wallace

(1962 - 2008)

Photograph of Marcel Proust looking pensive.

Marcel Proust

(1871 - 1922)

American author, music journalist, and cultural critic Greil Marcus.

Greil Marcus

Writer and editor Scott Korb.

Scott Korb

Black and white photograph of Mencken looking over his shoulder at the camera

H.L. Mencken

(1880 - 1956)

French author Émile Zola.

Émile Zola

(1840 - 1902)

Poet, essayist, and editor Ray Gonzalez.

Ray Gonzalez

Black and white image of Greek biographer and writer Plutarch.

Plutarch

(46 - c. 120)

British explorer John Smith.

John Smith

(c. 1580 - 1631)

Novelist and psychiatrist Daniel Mason.

Daniel Mason

Lewis Lapham at his desk

Lewis H. Lapham

Welsh clergyman and historian Gerald of Wales.

Gerald of Wales

(c. 1146 - c. 1223)

Image of Chinese Song Dynasty poet Mei Yaochen.

Mei Yaochen

(1002 - 1060)

Painting of Benjamin Franklin reading a batch of papers next to a classical bust.

Benjamin Franklin

(1706 - 1790)

French author Anthelme Brillat-Savarin.

Anthelme Brillat-Savarin

(1755 - 1826)

Photograph of journalist, author, and professor Michael Pollan.

Michael Pollan

Photograph of American writer Ralph Ellison.

Ralph Ellison

(1914 - 1994)

Juvenal

(c. 60 - c. 130)

Jonathan Swift

Jonathan Swift

(1667 - 1745)

Image of Japanese haiku poet Matsuo Bashō.

Matsuo Bashō

(1644 - 1694)

Comedian, actor, and writer Patton Oswalt.

Patton Oswalt

Dio Cassius

(c. 150 - 235)

Chinese tea writer Lu Yu.

Lu Yu

(733 - 804)

American journalist and author Paul Roberts.

Paul Roberts

Nigerian author Chinua Achebe.

Chinua Achebe

(1930 - 2013)

Photograph of American novelist Willa Cather.

Willa Cather

(1873 - 1947)

American chef, author, and television personality Anthony Bourdain.

Anthony Bourdain

(1956 - 2018)

American rock musician Ted Nugent.

Ted Nugent

American food writer Ruth Reichl.

Ruth Reichl

Calvin Trillin standing in front of a refrigerator in a black and white photograph

Calvin Trillin

Chinese diplomat, general and scholar Chen Jitong.

Chen Jitong

(1851 - 1907)

English novelist Henry Fielding.

Henry Fielding

(1707 - 1754)

Photograph of American food writer M.F.K. Fisher with cat.

M.F.K. Fisher

(1908 - 1992)

English novelist and writer Frances Trollope.

Frances Trollope

(1779 - 1863)

American poet William Carlos Williams.

William Carlos Williams

(1883 - 1963)

Portrait of Sister Juana Inés de la Cruz in a nun's habit.

Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz

(c. 1651 - 1695)

Australian poet and essayist Les Murray.

Les Murray

English novelist, historian, traveler, and the author Jason Goodwin.

Jason Goodwin

Spanish soldier and author Bernal Díaz del Castillo.

Bernal Díaz del Castillo

(c. 1495 - 1584)

Black and white engraving of Roman author Petronius.

Petronius

(c. 27 - 66)

Photograph of German literary critic Walter Benjamin.

Walter Benjamin

(1892 - 1940)

American author Alice B. Toklas.

Alice B. Toklas

(1877 - 1967)