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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.

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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
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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 existentialism and phenomenology, and one of the leading figures in 20th-century French philosophy and Marxism. His work has also influenced sociology, critical theory, post-colonial theory, and literary studies, and continues to influence these disciplines. Sartre has also been noted for his open relationship with the prominent feminist theorist Simone de Beauvoir. He was awarded the 1964 Nobel Prize in Literature but refused it, saying that he always declined official honors and that "a writer should not ...more

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#56 on The Best French Authors

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Samuel Johnson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Biographers
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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 lexicographer. Johnson was a devout Anglican and committed Tory, and has been described as "arguably the most distinguished man of letters in English history". He is also the subject of "the most famous single work of biographical art in the whole of literature": James Boswell's Life of Samuel Johnson. Born in Lichfield, Staffordshire, Johnson attended Pembroke College, Oxford for just over a year, before his lack of funds forced him to leave. After working as a teacher he moved to London, where he ...more

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#3 on History's Greatest Essayists

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George F. Kennan is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Biographers
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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 himself on containment. He lectured widely and wrote scholarly histories of the relations between USSR and the United States. He was also one of the group of foreign policy elders known as "The Wise Men". During the late 1940s, his writings inspired the Truman Doctrine and the U.S. foreign policy of "containing" the Soviet Union. His "Long Telegram" from Moscow during 1946 and the subsequent 1947 article "The Sources of Soviet Conduct" argued that the Soviet regime was inherently expansionist and that its ...more

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#43 on The Most Influential People of the Cold War

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Peter Ackroyd is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Biographers
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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 biographies of, among others, William Blake, Charles Dickens, T. S. Eliot and Sir Thomas More he won the Somerset Maugham Award and two Whitbread Awards. He is noted for the volume of work he has produced, the range of styles therein, his skill at assuming different voices and the depth of his research. He was elected a fellow of the Royal Society for Literature in 1984 and appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 2003. ...more

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