St. Augustine

Saint Augustine

(354 - 430)

American journalist Hunter S. Thompson.

Hunter S. Thompson

(1937 - 2005)

American poet Allen Ginsberg.

Allen Ginsberg

(1926 - 1997)

Sufi mystic and poet Rumi.

Rumi

(c. 1207 - 1273)

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

Benjamin Franklin

(1706 - 1790)

Juvenal

(c. 60 - c. 130)

Black and white engraving of Roman poet Ovid in profile.

Ovid

(43 BC - c. 17)

photograph of David Foster Wallace speaking at a podium

David Foster Wallace

(1962 - 2008)

Painted portrait of English poet John Milton.

John Milton

(1608 - 1674)

American author Tom Robbins.

Tom Robbins

Image of Chinese Song Dynasty poet Mei Yaochen.

Mei Yaochen

(1002 - 1060)

English novelist Henry Fielding.

Henry Fielding

(1707 - 1754)

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

Homer

(c. 800 BC - 725 BC)

American cook and author Julia Child.

Julia Child

(1912 - 2004)

American author Alice B. Toklas.

Alice B. Toklas

(1877 - 1967)

American novelist Upton Sinclair.

Upton Sinclair

(1878 - 1968)

Indian actress and food writer Madhur Jaffrey.

Madhur Jaffrey

Neoplatonist Greek philosopher Porphyry.

Porphyry

(c. 234 - c. 305)

Statue of the Persian poet Ferdowsi.

Ferdowsi

(c. 935 - c. 1020)

American chef, author, and television personality Anthony Bourdain.

Anthony Bourdain

(1956 - 2018)

English animal rights advocate Donald Watson.

Donald Watson

(1910 - 2005)

Czech writer Bohumil Hrabal.

Bohumil Hrabal

(1914 - 1997)

Chinua Achebe

(1930 - 2013)

Chinese diplomat, general and scholar Chen Jitong.

Chen Jitong

(1851 - 1907)

Photograph of Charles Baudelaire

Charles Baudelaire

(1821 - 1867)

Novelist and psychiatrist Daniel Mason.

Daniel Mason

Spanish soldier and author Bernal Díaz del Castillo.

Bernal Díaz del Castillo

(c. 1495 - 1584)

French author Émile Zola.

Émile Zola

(1840 - 1902)

Engraving of Roman poet Horace.

Horace

(65 BC - 8 BC)

Photograph of German literary critic Walter Benjamin.

Walter Benjamin

(1892 - 1940)

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

Greil Marcus

Irish author Marguerite Gardiner, Countess of Blessington.

Marguerite Gardiner, Countess of Blessington

(1789 - 1849)

English novelist, essayist, and critic George Orwell.

George Orwell

(1903 - 1950)

Color photograph of American writer Annie Dillard.

Annie Dillard

American poet William Carlos Williams.

William Carlos Williams

(1883 - 1963)

Dio Cassius

(c. 150 - 235)

Writer and editor Scott Korb.

Scott Korb

Portrait bust of Greek historian Xenophon.

Xenophon

(c. 430 BC - c. 351 BC)

French author Alexandre Dumas.

Alexandre Dumas

(1802 - 1870)

American author Laura Ingalls Wilder.

Laura Ingalls Wilder

(1867 - 1957)

Photograph of American writer Ralph Ellison.

Ralph Ellison

(1914 - 1994)

American musician Duke Ellington.

Duke Ellington

(1899 - 1974)

Chinese tea writer Lu Yu.

Lu Yu

(733 - 804)

Comedian, actor, and writer Patton Oswalt.

Patton Oswalt

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

Michel de Montaigne

(1533 - 1592)

Image of Japanese haiku poet Matsuo Bashō.

Matsuo Bashō

(1644 - 1694)

British traveler Charles M. Doughty.

Charles M. Doughty

(1843 - 1926)

French author Anthelme Brillat-Savarin.

Anthelme Brillat-Savarin

(1755 - 1826)

Black and white image of Greek biographer and writer Plutarch.

Plutarch

(46 - c. 120)

American historian Francis Parkman.

Francis Parkman

(1823 - 1893)

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

Calvin Trillin

English author Evelyn Waugh.

Evelyn Waugh

(1903 - 1966)

Photograph of English novelist Charles Dickens.

Charles Dickens

(1812 - 1870)

Welsh clergyman and historian Gerald of Wales.

Gerald of Wales

(c. 1146 - c. 1223)

Harper Lee

(1926 - 2016)

American professor and journalist Deborah Blum.

Deborah Blum

Australian poet and essayist Les Murray.

Les Murray

Photograph of journalist, author, and professor Michael Pollan.

Michael Pollan

Photograph of Marcel Proust looking pensive.

Marcel Proust

(1871 - 1922)

British author Hilaire Belloc.

Hilaire Belloc

(1870 - 1953)

British suffragette activist, writer, and speaker Constance Lytton.

Constance Lytton

(1869 - 1923)

Photograph of American novelist Willa Cather.

Willa Cather

(1873 - 1947)

Henry David Thoreau

Henry David Thoreau

(1817 - 1862)

American food writer Ruth Reichl.

Ruth Reichl

Hanna Lévy-Hass

(1913 - 2001)

Photograph of American editor Brent Cunningham.

Brent Cunningham

Black and white engraving of Roman author Petronius.

Petronius

(c. 27 - 66)

British explorer John Smith.

John Smith

(c. 1580 - 1631)

Painting of humanist and scholar Desiderius Erasmus.

Desiderius Erasmus

(1466 - 1536)

Italian artist and author Giorgio Vasari.

Giorgio Vasari

(1511 - 1574)

Greek physician, writer, and philosopher Galen.

Galen

(129 - c. 216)

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

Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz

(c. 1651 - 1695)

Lewis Lapham at his desk

Lewis H. Lapham

Scottish novelist Tobias Smollett.

Tobias Smollett

(1721 - 1771)

Photograph of Vladimir Nabokov

Vladimir Nabokov

(1899 - 1977)

American journalist Barbara Demick.

Barbara Demick

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

Jason Goodwin

John Wecker

(1528 - 1586)

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

M.F.K. Fisher

(1908 - 1992)

American rock musician Ted Nugent.

Ted Nugent

French Benedictine monk Antoine Augustin Calmet.

Antoine Augustin Calmet

(1672 - 1757)

English novelist and writer Frances Trollope.

Frances Trollope

(1779 - 1863)

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

H.L. Mencken

(1880 - 1956)

Piers Paul Read

American journalist and author Paul Roberts.

Paul Roberts

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

Frederick Douglass

(c. 1818 - 1895)

Roman emperor Julian.

Julian

(332 - 363)

Jonathan Swift

Jonathan Swift

(1667 - 1745)

Poet, essayist, and editor Ray Gonzalez.

Ray Gonzalez