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Famous Biographers

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A list of famous biographers who have documented the lives of some of the most important people of all time. All types of biographers have been listed including presidential biographers, historic biographers, and those who write non-fiction about Hollywood celebrities. With the introduction of the Nook, Kindle, and iPad with iBooks, reading is hot again. The famous biographers on this list have written accounts of people's lives that are often even better than fiction. This list is intended to help long-time readers, as well as newcomers alike with discovering (and rediscovering) some of the best biographers of all time.
  • Plutarch


    Dec. at 75 (45-120)

    Works WrittenParallel Lives, L'esilio, Sur les délais de la justice divine dans la punition des coupables, The Fall of the Roman Republic, De fato

    BirthplaceSoutheast Europe, Greece, Chaeronea


    NationalityGreece, Roman Republic

    Plutarch (; Greek: Πλούταρχος, Ploútarkhos, Koine Greek: [ˈplutarkʰos]; c. AD 46 – c. 120),...  more
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  • Samuel Johnson

    Samuel Johnson

    Dec. at 75 (1709-1784)

    Works WrittenA Dictionary of the English Language, Lives of the Most Eminent English Poets, A Journey to the Western Islands of Scotland, Irene, a tragedy

    BirthplaceLichfield, United Kingdom


    NationalityKingdom of Great Britain, England

    Samuel Johnson (18 September 1709 [OS 7 September] – 13 December 1784), often referred to as...  more
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  • Thomas Carlyle

    Thomas Carlyle

    Dec. at 86 (1795-1881)

    Works WrittenOn heroes, hero-worship, & the heroic in history, The French revolution, Past and present

    BirthplaceEcclefechan, United Kingdom


    Biographies written: John Sterling and Frederick the Great
    Thomas Carlyle (4 December 1795 – 5 February 1881) was a Scottish philosopher, satirical...  more
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  • Cornelius Nepos

    Cornelius Nepos

    Dec. at 76 (99 BC-23 BC)

    Works WrittenCornelii Nepotis Vitae excellentium imperatorum : cum versione Anglica, in qua verbum de verbo, quantum fieri potuit, redditur, Leben ausgezeichneter Feldherren

    BirthplaceAncient Rome


    Cornelius Nepos (; c. 110 BC – c. 25 BC) was a Roman biographer. He was born at Hostilia, a...  more
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  • Martin Gilbert

    Works WrittenThe Boys, Sir Horace Rumbold; portrait of a diplomat, The Atlas of Jewish History, Auschwitz and the Allies, The Routledge Atlas of Russian History

    BirthplaceEngland, London


    NationalityUnited Kingdom, England

    Biographies written: Winston Churchill
    Sir Martin John Gilbert (25 October 1936 – 3 February 2015) was a British historian and...  more
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  • Norman Mailer

    Norman Mailer

    Dec. at 84 (1923-2007)

    Works WrittenThe Naked and the Dead, The Executioner's Song, Ancient Evenings, Of a Fire on the Moon, Barbary Shore

    BirthplaceLong Branch, New Jersey, USA


    NationalityUnited States of America

    Biographies written: Marilyn Monroe, Lee Harvey Oswald, Gary Gilmore
    Norman Kingsley Mailer (January 31, 1923 – November 10, 2007) was an American novelist,...  more
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  • Elizabeth Gaskell

    Elizabeth Gaskell

    Dec. at 55 (1810-1865)

    Works WrittenCranford, North and South, Mary Barton, A House to Let, Ruth

    BirthplaceChelsea, London, United Kingdom



    Biographies written: Charlotte Brontë
    Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell (née Stevenson; 29 September 1810 – 12 November 1865), often...  more
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  • Thomas Moore

    Thomas Moore

    Dec. at 73 (1779-1852)

    Works WrittenLalla-Rookh, Poetical works, The poetical works of Thomas Moore, The Epicurean, The life and death of Lord Edward Fitzgerald

    BirthplaceDublin, Republic of Ireland


    NationalityRepublic of Ireland

    Biographies written: Lord Byron, Richard Brinsley Sheridan, and Lord Edward Fitzgerald
    Thomas Moore (28 May 1779 – 25 February 1852) was an Irish poet, singer, songwriter, and...  more
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  • Leslie Stephen

    Leslie Stephen

    Dec. at 72 (1832-1904)

    Works WrittenThe English Utilitarians, Sir Leslie Stephen's Mausoleum book, Sketches from Cambridge, The life of Sir James Fitzjames Stephen, bart.

    BirthplaceLondon, United Kingdom



    Biographies written: Alexander Pope, Samuel Johnson, Jonathan Swift George Eliot and Thomas Hobbes
    Sir Leslie Stephen (28 November 1832 – 22 February 1904) was an English author, critic,...  more
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  • Carl Sandburg

    Carl Sandburg

    Dec. at 89 (1878-1967)

    Works WrittenRootabaga Stories, Complete poems, The letters of Carl Sandburg, Abraham Lincoln: The Prairie Years and the War Years, Henry Horner

    BirthplaceGalesburg, Illinois, United States of America


    NationalityUnited States of America

    Biographies written: Abraham Lincoln
    Carl August Sandburg (January 6, 1878 – July 22, 1967) was an American poet, biographer,...  more
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  • Kathleen Jones

    Works WrittenWomen saints, A passionate sisterhood, Learning Not to Be First, Social welfare in Malaya, The making of social policy in Britain


    Biographies written: Katherine Mansfield
    Kathleen Jones (7 April 1922 – 13 October 2010 ) was a professor of social policy and Head of...  more
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  • David McCullough

    Works WrittenTruman, The Great Bridge, John Adams, 1776, Brave Companions: Portraits in History

    BirthplacePittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States of America


    NationalityUnited States of America

    Biographies written: Harry Truman, John Adams, and Theodore Roosevelt
    David Gaub McCullough (; born July 7, 1933) is an American author, narrator, popular...  more
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  • Jenny Uglow

    Works WrittenElizabeth Gaskell, Hogarth, The Northeastern Dictionary Of Women's Biography, The Lunar Men: Five Friends Whose Curiosity Changed the World, Ghost Anthology


    NationalityUnited Kingdom

    Biographies written: William Hogarth, Elizabeth Gaskell, and Thomas Bewick
    Jennifer Sheila Uglow OBE (née Crowther, born 1947) is a British biographer, historian, critic...  more
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  • James Boswell

    James Boswell

    Dec. at 55 (1740-1795)

    Works WrittenThe Life of Samuel Johnson, LL.D., London Journal, The conversations of Dr. Johnson, The journals of James Boswell

    BirthplaceEdinburgh, United Kingdom


    NationalityKingdom of Great Britain

    Biographies written: Samuel Johnson
    James Boswell, 9th Laird of Auchinleck (; 29 October 1740 – 19 May 1795), was a Scottish...  more
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  • Merle Miller

    Merle Miller

    Dec. at 67 (1919-1986)

    Works WrittenPlain Speaking, That Winter, On being different, A gay and melancholy sound, The judges and the judged

    BirthplaceMontour, Iowa


    NationalityUnited States of America

    Biographies written: Harry S. Truman and Lyndon B. Johnson
    Merle Dale Miller (May 17, 1919 – June 10, 1986) was an American writer, novelist, and author...  more
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  • Kitty Kelley

    Works WrittenThe Royals, Jackie Oh!, His Way, Nancy Reagan, Last Star/Audio Cassettes

    BirthplaceSpokane, Washington


    NationalityUnited States of America

    Biographies written: Elizabeth Taylor, Frank Sinatra, and Nancy Reagan
    Catherine "Kitty" Kelley (born April 4, 1942) is an American journalist and author of several...  more
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  • Jean Edward Smith

    Works WrittenJohn Marshall: Definer of a Nation, George Bush's war, Grant, The defense of Berlin, Germany beyond the wall

    BirthplaceWashington, D.C.


    NationalityUnited States of America

    Biographies written: Ulysses S. Grant, John Marshall, and Lucius D. Clay
    Jean Edward Smith (born October 13, 1932) is a biographer and the John Marshall Professor of...  more
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  • Jeffrey Morgan
    Biographies written: Alice Cooper, The Stooges
    Jeffrey Morgan may refer to: Jeffrey Morgan (writer), Canadian writer Jeffrey Morgan...  more
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  • Lytton Strachey

    Lytton Strachey

    Dec. at 52 (1880-1932)

    Works WrittenElizabeth and Essex, Eminent Victorians, Queen Victoria, The Letters of Lytton Strachey, Books and Characters

    BirthplaceEurope, Eurasia, United Kingdom, London, England



    Giles Lytton Strachey (; 1 March 1880 – 21 January 1932) was an English writer and critic. A...  more
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  • Roger Lewis
    Biographies written: Anthony Burgess
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  • Romain Rolland

    Romain Rolland

    Dec. at 78 (1866-1944)

    Works WrittenLa Vida de Ramakrishna, Le périple, Pierre et Luce, Clérambault, Péguy

    BirthplaceClamecy, Nièvre, Nevers, France



    Biographies written: Gandhi, Michelangelo, Beethoven, and Leo Tolstoy
    Romain Rolland (French: [ʁɔlɑ̃]; 29 January 1866 – 30 December 1944) was a French dramatist,...  more
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  • Nick Tosches

    Works WrittenIn the Hand of Dante, King of the Jews, Where Dead Voices Gather, The Devil and Sonny Liston, Country

    BirthplaceArea code 862, Area code 973, Area codes 862 and 973, Essex County, Contiguous United States


    NationalityUnited States of America

    Biographies written: Jerry Lee Lewis, Dean Martin, and Sonny Liston
    Nick Tosches (; born October 23, 1949) is an American journalist, novelist, biographer, and...  more
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  • Thomas DiLorenzo

    Works WrittenFrom Pathology to Politics: Public Health in America, The Real Lincoln, Lincoln Unmasked, How Capitalism Saved America


    NationalityItaly, United States of America

    Biographies written: Abraham Lincoln
    Thomas James DiLorenzo (; born August 8, 1954) is an American economics professor at Loyola...  more
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  • A. N. Wilson

    Works WrittenDream Children, Stray, Dante in Love, Scandal, Who was Oswald Fish?



    NationalityUnited Kingdom

    Biographies written: Hilaire Belloc, John Milton, Leo Tolstoy, C. S. Lewis, Jesus Iris Murdoch, Sir Walter Scott, and John Betjeman
    Andrew Norman Wilson (born 27 October 1950) is an English writer and newspaper columnist known...  more
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  • Virginia Spencer Carr

    Virginia Spencer Carr

    Dec. at 83 (1929-2012)

    Works WrittenUnderstanding Carson Mccullers, Paul Bowles, The lonely hunter, Dos Passos

    BirthplaceWest Palm Beach, Florida


    Biographies written: Paul Bowles, Carson McCullers, and John Dos Passos
    Virginia Spencer Carr (July 21, 1929 – April 10, 2012) was a biographer of Carson McCullers,...  more
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