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

Henry Adams

(1838 - 1918)

Black and white photograph of social reformer and pacifist Jane Addams.

Jane Addams

(1860 - 1935)

Sculpture bust of legendary Greek fabulist Aesop.


(c. 620 BC - c. 564 BC)

Classical engraving of Aristophanes with a long beard.


(c. 446 BC - c. 386 BC)

W.H. Auden

(1907 - 1973)

James Baldwin

(1924 - 1987)

Black and white photograph of Maria Bashkirtseva

Marie Bashkirtseff

(1858 - 1884)

Color photograph of writer and activist Ishmael Beah.

Ishmael Beah

Black and white photograph of French writer and feminist Simone de Beauvoir.

Simone de Beauvoir

(1908 - 1986)

Color photograph of Osama bin Laden, founder of militant Islamist group al-Qaeda.

Osama bin Laden

(1957 - 2011)

Elizabeth Bishop

(1911 - 1979)

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

Robert Burton

(1577 - 1640)

Color portrait of the Italian writer and libertine Giacomo Casanova.

Giacomo Casanova

(1725 - 1798)

Image from Codex Manesse depicting a tournament of knights.

Chrétien de Troyes

(c. 1165 - c. 1180)

Black and white photograph of English man of letters Cyril Connolly.

Cyril Connolly

(1903 - 1974)

Black and white photograph of Polish-born English writer Joseph Conrad.

Joseph Conrad

(1857 - 1924)

Color photograph of American journalist and author Dave Cullen.

Dave Cullen

Joan Didion

Color photograph of American writer Annie Dillard.

Annie Dillard

Black and white photograph of Danish author Tove Ditlevsen.

Tove Ditlevsen

(1917 - 1976)

Portrait of Fyodor Dostoevsky

Fyodor Dostoevsky

(1821 - 1881)

Portrait of American Puritan theologian Jonathan Edwards.

Jonathan Edwards

(1703 - 1758)

Pastel drawing of George Eliot.

George Eliot

(1819 - 1880)

Black and white photograph of American writer and exponent of Transcendentalism Ralph Waldo Emerson.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

(1803 - 1882)