Black and white photograph of historian and man of letters Henry Adams.

Henry Adams

(1838 - 1918)

Woody Allen in thick black rim glasses

Woody Allen

Danish author Hans Christian Andersen

Hans Christian Andersen

(1805 - 1875)

Photo of stone Aristotle statue face


(384 BC - 322 BC)

British inventor and mathematician Charles Babbage.

Charles Babbage

(1791 - 1871)

British author J.G. Ballard.

J.G. Ballard

(1930 - 2009)

Image of French writer Honoré de Balzac with hand on chest.

Honoré de Balzac

(1799 - 1850)

Photograph of Charles Baudelaire

Charles Baudelaire

(1821 - 1867)

Russian poet Andrei Bely.

Andrei Bely

(1880 - 1934)

Italian poet and scholar Giovanni Boccaccio.

Giovanni Boccaccio

(1313 - 1375)

Photograph of Jorge Luis Borges

Jorge Luis Borges

(1899 - 1986)

Swiss traveler and writer Nicolas Bouvier.

Nicolas Bouvier

(1929 - 1998)

Warren Breckman

Photograph of Soviet playwright and writer Mikhail Bulgakov.

Mikhail Bulgakov

(1891 - 1940)

Photograph of Italian writer Italo Calvino.

Italo Calvino

(1923 - 1985)

Chinese-American journalist Leslie T. Chang.

Leslie T. Chang

Image from Codex Manesse depicting a tournament of knights.

Chrétien de Troyes

(c. 1165 - c. 1180)

Spanish conquistador Hernán Cortés.

Hernán Cortés

(1485 - 1547)

American writer, political activist, urban theorist, and historian Mike Davis.

Mike Davis

Photograph of English novelist Charles Dickens.

Charles Dickens

(1812 - 1870)

Photograph of Colin Dickey standing in front of a brick wall.

Colin Dickey

Joan Didion

Book critic Michael Dirda.

Michael Dirda

Former Prime Minister of United Kingdom Benjamin Disraeli.

Benjamin Disraeli

(1804 - 1881)