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Sculpture bust of Greek historian Herodotus.

Herodotus

(c. 484 BC - c. 425 BC)

Engraving of Robert Herrick

Robert Herrick

(1591 - 1674)

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

Homer

(c. 800 BC - 725 BC)

Japanese author and retired geisha Mineko Iwasaki.

Mineko Iwasaki

Black and white photograph of German-language writer Franz Kafka.

Franz Kafka

(1883 - 1924)

Painting of Jean de la Bruyère wearing a red cape.

Jean de La Bruyère

(1645 - 1696)

Lewis Lapham at his desk

Lewis H. Lapham

James Laver

(1889 - 1975)

Giacomo Leopardi

(1798 - 1837)

Clarice Lispector

(1920 - 1977)

John Lydon

Black and white photograph of African-American leader Malcolm X.

Malcolm X

(1925 - 1965)

Italian-French author Filippo Tommaso Marinetti.

Filippo Tommaso Marinetti

(1876 - 1944)

Black and white photograph of Cuban poet, patriot, and martyr José Martí.

José Martí

(1853 - 1895)

Azadeh Moaveni

Portrait of French political philosopher Montesquieu.

Montesquieu

(1689 - 1755)

Murasaki Shikibu

(c. 973 - c. 1031)

Black and white photograph of Friedrich Nietzsche with a huge mustache.

Friedrich Nietzsche

(1844 - 1900)

Dorothy Parker working at her typewriter.

Dorothy Parker

(1893 - 1967)

Black and white photograph of American poet and novelist Sylvia Plath.

Sylvia Plath

(1932 - 1963)

Emily Post

(1872 - 1960)

Procopius

(c. 490 - c. 562)

Sextus Propertius

(c. 50 BC - c. 16 BC)

Painting of François Rabelais.

François Rabelais

(1494 - 1553)