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Painting of Charles Lamb wearing a black suit against a red backdrop.

Charles Lamb

(1775 - 1834)

Lewis Lapham at his desk

Lewis H. Lapham

Photograph of President Abraham Lincoln sitting in a chair.

Abraham Lincoln

(1809 - 1865)

black and white photo of Steve Martin wearing a white dinner jacket and black tie

Steve Martin

black and white photo of Groucho Marx wearing glasses and smoking a cigar from the side of his mouth

Groucho Marx

(1890 - 1977)

Black and white photograph of Mencken looking over his shoulder at the camera

H.L. Mencken

(1880 - 1956)

black and white pencil drawing of Moliere in an ornate frame

Molière

(1622 - 1673)

Oil painting portrair Michel de Montaigne in red robes and white collar

Michel de Montaigne

(1533 - 1592)

color oil painting of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in a red tunic with gray hair

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

(1756 - 1791)

Abu Nuwas

(c. 755 - c. 814)

Flann O'Brien in an overcoat standing next to a Dublin Diversion sign

Flann O’Brien

(1911 - 1966)

Dorothy Parker working at her typewriter.

Dorothy Parker

(1893 - 1967)

Illustration of Plautus with red robes and hat

Plautus

(c. 254 BC - c. 184 BC)

Portrait of Chinese fiction writer Pu Songling.

Pu Songling

(1640 - 1715)

Sculpture bust of Roman teacher and writer Quintilian.

Quintilian

(35 - c. 96)

Painting of François Rabelais.

François Rabelais

(1494 - 1553)

Black and white photograph of American entertainer Joan Rivers.

Joan Rivers

(1933 - 2014)

black and white photograph of Sara Silverman performing at the Upright Citizens Brigad

Sarah Silverman

David Simon sitting outside wearing an Irish driver cap

David Simon

Black and white photo of Herbert Spencer with long, hairy mutton chops and a stern expression

Herbert Spencer

(1820 - 1903)

Portrait of Philip Dormer Stanhope wearing a blue sash.

Philip Dormer Stanhope

(1694 - 1773)

Photograph of English professor and author Andrew McConnell Stott.

Andrew McConnell Stott

Jonathan Swift

Jonathan Swift

(1667 - 1745)

Photograph of American author Ben Tarnoff.

Ben Tarnoff