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Photograph of British novelist and editor J.R. Ackerley with dog.

J.R. Ackerley

(1896 - 1967)

Aelian

(c. 170 - c. 235)

Sculpture bust of legendary Greek fabulist Aesop.

Aesop

(c. 620 BC - c. 564 BC)

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

Lucius Apuleius

(c. 124 - c. 171)

Painting of Persian Muslim poet Farid ud-Din Attar.

Farid ud-Din Attar

(c. 1142 - c. 1220)

Painting of ornithologist and artist John James Audubon.

John James Audubon

(1785 - 1851)

Photograph of American novelist Mary Austin.

Mary Austin

(1868 - 1934)

Image of Chinese poet Bai Juyi.

Bai Juyi

(772 - 846)

Painted portrait of English philosopher Jeremy Bentham.

Jeremy Bentham

(1748 - 1832)

Photograph of English art critic, novelist, and painter John Berger.

John Berger

(1926 - 2017)

Photograph of American writer and naturalist Henry Beston.

Henry Beston

(1888 - 1968)

Photograph of American forger George Bidwell.

George Bidwell

(c. 1837 - 1899)

Photograph of New Yorker staff writer Burkhard Bilger.

Burkhard Bilger

Black and white photograph of American poet Elizabeth Bishop.

Elizabeth Bishop

(1911 - 1979)

Painted portrait of French naturalist Georges-Louis Leclerc, Count of Buffon.

Georges-Louis Leclerc, Count of Buffon

(1707 - 1788)

Photograph of Soviet playwright and writer Mikhail Bulgakov.

Mikhail Bulgakov

(1891 - 1940)

Photograph of Italian writer Italo Calvino.

Italo Calvino

(1923 - 1985)

Black and white photograph of French novelist, essayist, and playwright Albert Camus.

Albert Camus

(1913 - 1960)

Photograph of American novelist Willa Cather.

Willa Cather

(1873 - 1947)

Image from Codex Manesse depicting a tournament of knights.

Chrétien de Troyes

(c. 1165 - c. 1180)

Georg Ludwig Collins

(1763 - 1814)

Image of English naturalist Charles Darwin.

Charles Darwin

(1809 - 1882)

Photograph of Danish writer Isak Dinesen.

Isak Dinesen

(1885 - 1962)

Portrait of Fyodor Dostoevsky

Fyodor Dostoevsky

(1821 - 1881)