German philosopher and music critic Theodor Adorno.

Theodor Adorno

(1903 - 1969)

Photo of stone Aristotle statue face


(384 BC - 322 BC)

Image of Chinese poet Bai Juyi.

Bai Juyi

(772 - 846)

English cook and author Isabella Mary Beeton.

Isabella Mary Beeton

(1836 - 1865)

St. Benedict

Saint Benedict

(c. 480 - c. 547)

Black and white photograph of Sven Birkerts sitting in front of a bookshelf.

Sven Birkerts

Color image of English novelist Charlotte Brontë with book in hand.

Charlotte Brontë

(1816 - 1855)

Black and white image of English scholar, writer, and clergyman Robert Burton.

Robert Burton

(1577 - 1640)

American comedian, writer, and director Louis C.K.

Louis C.K.

French theologian John Calvin.

John Calvin

(1509 - 1564)

Chinese-American journalist Leslie T. Chang.

Leslie T. Chang

English writer Geoffrey Chaucer.

Geoffrey Chaucer

(c. 1342 - 1400)

Russian author Anton Chekhov.

Anton Chekhov

(1860 - 1904)

American writer Philip Connors.

Philip Connors

American documentary filmmaker and writer Eleanor Coppola.

Eleanor Coppola

Polish-born French physicist Marie Curie.

Marie Curie

(1867 - 1934)

American writer Lydia Davis.

Lydia Davis

Swiss writer, philosopher, and television presenter Alain de Botton.

Alain de Botton

Daniel Defoe

(1660 - 1731)

American writer Theodore Dreiser.

Theodore Dreiser

(1871 - 1945)

Italian literary critic and novelist Umberto Eco.

Umberto Eco

(1932 - 2016)

American writer and political activist Barbara Ehrenreich.

Barbara Ehrenreich

Photograph of American writer Ralph Ellison.

Ralph Ellison

(1914 - 1994)

Portrait of West African writer and former slave Olaudah Equiano.

Olaudah Equiano

(c. 1745 - 1797)