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List of famous biographers, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top biographers in the world? This includes the most prominent biographers, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable biographers is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic biographers were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned biographers.

The list you're viewing is made up of many different people, like Edgar Lee Masters and Plutarch.

From reputable, prominent, and well known biographers to the lesser known biographers of today, these are some of the best professionals in the biographer field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous biographers ever?" and "What are the names of famous biographers?" then you're in the right place. (213 items)

Jean-Paul Sartre is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Biographers
Jean-Paul Charles Aymard Sartre was a French philosopher, playwright, novelist, political activist, biographer, and literary critic. He was one of the key figures in the philosophy of ...more

Samuel Johnson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Biographers
Samuel Johnson, often referred to as Dr Johnson, was an English writer who made lasting contributions to English literature as a poet, essayist, moralist, literary critic, biographer, editor and ...more

George F. Kennan is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Biographers
George Frost Kennan was an American advisor, diplomat, and historian, known best as an advocate of a policy of containment of Soviet expansion at the end of World War II. He later reversed ...more

Peter Ackroyd is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Biographers
Peter Ackroyd, CBE, FRSL is an English biographer, novelist, and critic with a particular interest in the history and culture of London. For his novels about English history and culture and his ...more

Mary Shelley is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Biographers
Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley was an English novelist, short story writer, dramatist, essayist, biographer, and travel writer, best known for her Gothic novel Frankenstein: or, The Modern ...more

Plutarch is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Biographers
Plutarch was a Greek historian, biographer and essayist, known primarily for his Parallel Lives and Moralia. He is considered today to be a Middle Platonist. Plutarch's surviving works seem to ...more

A. Scott Berg is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Biographers
Andrew Scott Berg is a Pulitzer Prize-winning American biographer. After graduating from Princeton University in 1971, Berg expanded his senior thesis on editor Maxwell Perkins into a ...more

Robert Caro is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Biographers
Robert Allan Caro is an American journalist and author known for his celebrated biographies of United States political figures Robert Moses and Lyndon B. Johnson. After working for many years as ...more

James Gleick is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Biographers
James Gleick is an American author, historian of science, and sometime Internet pioneer whose work has chronicled the cultural impact of modern technology. Recognized for illuminating complex ...more

Duff Hart-Davis is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Biographers
Peter Duff Hart-Davis is a biographer, naturalist and journalist and the son of Peggy Ashcroft.

Donald Spoto is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Biographers
Donald Spoto is an American biographer and theologian. He is best known for his best-selling biographies of film and theatre celebrities such as Alfred Hitchcock, Laurence Olivier, Tennessee ...more

Van Wyck Brooks is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Biographers
Van Wyck Brooks Van Wyck Brooks was an American literary critic, biographer, and historian.

Sylvia Nasar is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Biographers
Sylvia Nasar is a German-born American journalist, best known for her biography of John Forbes Nash, Jr., A Beautiful Mind.

June Jordan is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Biographers
June Millicent Jordan was a Caribbean-American poet and activist.

Edgar Lee Masters is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Biographers
Edgar Lee Masters was an American poet, biographer, and dramatist. He is the author of Spoon River Anthology, The New Star Chamber and Other Essays, Songs and Satires, The Great Valley, The ...more

Arthur H. Cash is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Biographers
Arthur H. Cash Arthur Hill Cash is an American scholar of 18th-century English literature. Cash is best known as the author of the definitive two-volume biography of Laurence Sterne, published between 1975 and ...more

Jon Meacham is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Biographers
Jon Ellis Meacham is executive editor and executive vice president at Random House. He is a former editor-in-chief of Newsweek, a contributing editor to Time Magazine, editor-at-large of WNET, ...more

Aram Saroyan is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Biographers
Aram Saroyan Aram Saroyan is an American poet, novelist, biographer, memoirist and playwright, who is especially known for his minimalist poetry, famous examples of which include the one-word poem ...more

Andre Dubus is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Biographers
Andre Jules Dubus II was an American short story writer, essayist, and autobiographer.

Kylie Tennant is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Biographers
Kathleen Kylie Tennant AO was an Australian novelist, playwright, short-story writer, critic, biographer and historian.

Stefan Zweig is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Biographers
Stefan Zweig was an Austrian novelist, playwright, journalist and biographer. At the height of his literary career, in the 1920s and 1930s, he was one of the most popular writers in the world.

Diane Middlebrook is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Biographers
Diane Helen Wood Middlebrook was an American biographer, poet, and teacher. She taught feminist studies for many years at Stanford University. She is best known for critically acclaimed ...more

Stephen Ambrose is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Biographers
Stephen Edward Ambrose was an American historian and biographer of U.S. Presidents Dwight D. Eisenhower and Richard Nixon. He was a longtime professor of history at the University of New Orleans ...more

David Levering Lewis is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Biographers
David Levering Lewis is the Julius Silver University Professor and Professor of History at New York University. He is twice winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography, for part ...more

Francisco Umbral is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Biographers
Francisco Umbral was a Spanish journalist, novelist, biographer and essayist.

Henry James is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list List of Famous Biographers
Henry James Henry James was an American writer who won the Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography in 1931. He was the son of philosopher and psychologist William James, nephew of novelist Henry ...more

Mark Evanier is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list List of Famous Biographers
Mark Stephen Evanier is an American comic book and television writer, particularly known for his work on the animated TV series Garfield and Friends and on the comic book Groo the Wanderer. He ...more

Doris Lessing is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list List of Famous Biographers
Doris May Lessing CH was a British novelist, poet, playwright, librettist, biographer and short story writer. Her novels include The Grass is Singing, the sequence of five novels collectively ...more

Leon Edel is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list List of Famous Biographers
Joseph Leon Edel was a North American literary critic and biographer. He was the elder brother of North American philosopher Abraham Edel. The Encyclopædia Britannica calls Edel "the ...more

Douglas S. Freeman is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list List of Famous Biographers
Douglas Southall Freeman was an American historian, biographer, newspaper editor, and author. He is best known for his multi-volume biographies of Robert E. Lee and George Washington, for which ...more

Frances Donaldson is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list List of Famous Biographers
Frances Donaldson Frances Donaldson was a writer and biographer.

Gerald W. Johnson is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list List of Famous Biographers
Gerald White Johnson was a journalist, editor, essayist, historian, biographer, and novelist. Over his nearly 75 year career he was known for being "one of the most eloquent spokespersons ...more

Debby Applegate is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list List of Famous Biographers
Debby Applegate is an American historian and biographer. She is the author of The Most Famous Man in America: The Biography of Henry Ward Beecher, for which she won the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for ...more

Manuel Gálvez is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list List of Famous Biographers
Manuel Gálvez was an Argentine novelist, poet, essayist, historian and biographer.

Allan Nevins is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list List of Famous Biographers
Joseph Allan Nevins was an American historian and journalist, renowned for his extensive work on the history of the Civil War and his biographies of such figures as President Grover Cleveland, ...more

Dumas Malone is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list List of Famous Biographers
Dumas Malone was an American historian, biographer, and editor noted for his six-volume biography on Thomas Jefferson, Jefferson and His Time, for which he received the 1975 Pulitzer Prize for ...more

H. W. Brands is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list List of Famous Biographers
Henry William Brands is an American educator, author and historian. He has authored 25 books on U.S. history and biography. He is the Dickson Allen Anderson Centennial Professor of History and a ...more

Albert Murray is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list List of Famous Biographers
Albert L. Murray was an American literary and jazz critic, novelist, essayist and biographer.

Deborah Solomon is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list List of Famous Biographers
Deborah Solomon is an American art critic, journalist and biographer. Her weekly column, "Questions For" ran in The New York Times Magazine from 2003 to 2011. She is currently the art ...more

Emily Hahn is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list List of Famous Biographers
Emily Hahn was an American journalist and author. Called "a forgotten American literary treasure" by The New Yorker magazine, she was the author of 52 books and more than 180 articles ...more

Mari Sandoz is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list List of Famous Biographers
Mari Susette Sandoz was a novelist, biographer, lecturer, and teacher. She was one of Nebraska's foremost writers, and wrote extensively about pioneer life and the Plains Indians, and has been ...more

Samuel Flagg Bemis is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list List of Famous Biographers
Samuel Flagg Bemis was an American historian and biographer. For many years he taught at Yale University. He was also President of the American Historical Association and a specialist in ...more

David Nasaw is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list List of Famous Biographers
David Nasaw is an American author, biographer and historian who specializes in the cultural and social history of early 20th Century America. Nasaw is on the faculty of the Graduate Center of ...more

Stacy Schiff is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list List of Famous Biographers
Stacy Madeleine Schiff is a Pulitzer Prize-winning American nonfiction author and guest columnist for The New York Times.

Penelope Fitzgerald is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list List of Famous Biographers
Penelope Fitzgerald was a Booker Prize–winning English novelist, poet, essayist and biographer. In 2008, The Times included her in a list of "The 50 greatest British writers since ...more

Mark Harris is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list List of Famous Biographers
Mark Harris was an American novelist, literary biographer, and educator.

John E. Mack is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list List of Famous Biographers
John Edward Mack M.D. was an American psychiatrist, writer, and professor at Harvard Medical School. He was a Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer, and a leading authority on the spiritual or ...more

Stuart Cloete is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list List of Famous Biographers
Edward Fairly Stuart Graham Cloete was a South African novelist, essayist, biographer and short story writer.

Ray Stannard Baker is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list List of Famous Biographers
Ray Stannard Baker, also known by his pen name David Grayson, was an American journalist and author born in Lansing, Michigan. After graduating from the State Agricultural College, he attended ...more

Humphrey Burton is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list List of Famous Biographers
Humphrey Burton, CBE is a British classical music television presenter, broadcaster, TV director, producer, impresario, lecturer and biographer of musicians.