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Sculpture bust of Greek historian Herodotus.

Herodotus

(c. 484 BC - c. 425 BC)

Bust of Hesiod

Hesiod

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

Homer

(c. 800 BC - 725 BC)

British author Aldous Huxley.

Aldous Huxley

(1894 - 1963)

Joris-Karl Huysmans

(1848 - 1907)

Engraving of the medieval Arab traveler Ibn Battuta.

Ibn Battuta

(1304 - c. 1369)

Portrait of third president of the United States Thomas Jefferson.

Thomas Jefferson

(1743 - 1826)

Black and white photograph of Ryszard Kapuściński holding a book.

Ryszard Kapuściński

(1932 - 2007)

Photograph of American novelist and poet Jack Kerouac.

Jack Kerouac

(1922 - 1969)

Lewis Lapham at his desk

Lewis H. Lapham

Livy

(c. 59 BC - c. 17)

Engraving of Greek satirist Lucian.

Lucian

(125 - c. 180)

French author Xavier de Maistre.

Xavier de Maistre

(1763 - 1852)

Photograph of pilot, horse trainer, writer, and adventurer Beryl Markham on horseback.

Beryl Markham

(1902 - 1986)

New York-based author Suketu Mehta.

Suketu Mehta

Black and white image of American writer Herman Melville.

Herman Melville

(1819 - 1891)

British author Lady Mary Wortley Montagu.

Lady Mary Wortley Montagu

(1689 - 1762)

English nurse Florence Nightingale.

Florence Nightingale

(1820 - 1910)

American landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted.

Frederick Law Olmsted

(1822 - 1903)

Black and white engraving of Roman poet Ovid in profile.

Ovid

(43 BC - c. 17)

Dorothy Parker working at her typewriter.

Dorothy Parker

(1893 - 1967)

Portuguese poet Fernando Pessoa.

Fernando Pessoa

(1888 - 1935)

Color engraving of Italian poet, scholar, and humanist Petrarch.

Petrarch

(1304 - 1374)

Marco Polo

Marco Polo

(1254 - 1324)