Black and white photograph of Russian author Leo Tolstoy.

Leo Tolstoy

(1828 - 1910)

Jean Hatzfeld

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

Homer

(c. 800 BC - 725 BC)

American novelist John Dos Passos.

John Dos Passos

(1896 - 1970)

St. Augustine

Saint Augustine

(354 - 430)

Colorized engraving of Voltaire wearing a wig.

Voltaire

(1694 - 1778)

Lucan

(39 - 65)

Statue of French medieval poet and historian Jean Froissart.

Jean Froissart

(c. 1337 - c. 1405)

Black and white photograph of English poet Wilfred Owen.

Wilfred Owen

(1893 - 1918)

Former President of the United States Richard Nixon.

Richard Nixon

(1914 - 1994)

Portrait bust of Roman poet Virgil.

Virgil

(70 BC - 19 BC)

Engraving of William Shakespeare from the first folio edition.

William Shakespeare

(1564 - 1616)

Ammianus Marcellinus

(c. 330 - 395)

British historian Edward Gibbon.

Edward Gibbon

(1737 - 1794)

Former prime minister of United Kingdom Winston Churchill.

Winston Churchill

(1874 - 1965)

Black and white photograph of William Golding wearing an ascot.

William Golding

(1911 - 1993)

Josephus

(37 - 100)

Tecumseh

(1768 - 1813)

British novelist and historian Tom Holland.

Tom Holland

Polybius

(c. 200 BC - c. 120 BC)

American psychologist and philosopher William James.

William James

(1842 - 1910)

Joseph Heller

Joseph Heller

(1923 - 1999)

Mary Jemison

(1743 - 1833)

Black and white photograph of a young John Ruskin wearing a suit.

John Ruskin

(1819 - 1900)

Elizabeth I

(1533 - 1603)

English-born American poet W. H. Auden.

W.H. Auden

(1907 - 1973)

Sun Tzu

(c. 544 BC - c. 496 BC)

Julia Ward Howe

(1819 - 1910)

Black and white photograph of a young Mark Twain with dark hair.

Mark Twain

(1835 - 1910)

President of the United States and five-star general Dwight D. Eisenhower.

Dwight D. Eisenhower

(1890 - 1969)

Black and white photograph of Ryszard Kapuściński holding a book.

Ryszard Kapuściński

(1932 - 2007)

Photograph of President Abraham Lincoln sitting in a chair.

Abraham Lincoln

(1809 - 1865)

Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.

(1841 - 1935)

Statue depicting Roman orator and historian Tacitus.

Tacitus

(56 - c. 120)

American novelist Tim O’Brien.

Tim O’Brien

American poet, journalist, and essayist Walt Whitman.

Walt Whitman

(1819 - 1892)

Sculpture bust of Greek historian Herodotus.

Herodotus

(c. 484 BC - c. 425 BC)

Classical bust of Thucydides.

Thucydides

(c. 460 BC - c. 404 BC)

English novelist, essayist, and critic George Orwell.

George Orwell

(1903 - 1950)

Vladimir Lenin

(1870 - 1924)

black and white photo of Kurt Vonnegut sitting over coffee and a book

Kurt Vonnegut

(1922 - 2007)

George Patton

(1885 - 1945)

Bartolomé de Las Casas

(1484 - 1566)

Sultan Selim I

(1470 - 1520)

Eduardo Galeano

(1940 - 2015)

Color photograph of Osama bin Laden, founder of militant Islamist group al-Qaeda.

Osama bin Laden

(1957 - 2011)

Pauline Léon

(1768 - 1838)

Henry Kissinger

Lewis Lapham at his desk

Lewis H. Lapham

Albert Einstein in a suit and tie standing in front of a chalkboard

Albert Einstein

(1879 - 1955)

George W. Bush

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

Sigmund Freud

(1856 - 1949)

Photograph of Soviet Russian writer and journalist Vasily Grossman.

Vasily Grossman

(1905 - 1964)

French writer Louis-Ferdinand Céline.

Louis-Ferdinand Céline

(1894 - 1961)

Woodrow Wilson

(1856 - 1924)

Photograph of American writer William Langewiesche.

William Langewiesche

Joseph Goebbels

(1897 - 1945)

English poet and novelist Siegfried Sassoon.

Siegfried Sassoon

(1886 - 1967)

English author Robert Southey.

Robert Southey

(1774 - 1843)