Famous Biographers - List of Famous Biographers

A biographer is a writer who composes and produces an account of a person’s life. The ones who write their own biographies are called autobiographers. There have been innumerable famous people from all fields of life who have walked on this earth from the past several centuries. The credit of documenting the information about these great personalities and preserving such knowledge for the future generations goes to the biographers. Plutarch of ancient Greek was one of the earliest biographers and his work ‘Parallel Lives’, one of the earliest known biographies. During the Middle Ages the task of writing biographies was usually performed by the hermits and monks and priests who wrote about church fathers, popes and saints in a bid to inspire people. The art of writing biography as a distinct genre of writing began emerging in 18 th century and evolved into its contemporary form in the 20 th century. Richard David Ellmann was a prominent biographer who wrote about James Joyce and Oscar Wilde. The life stories of Mark Twain, Charlie Chaplin, and Ernest Hemmingway were authored by another famous biographer Kenneth Schuyler Lynn. Walter Isaacson recently rose to glory with Steve Jobs’ biography. Read on to learn more about famous biographers from all over the world.

The Most Famous Biographers

NameBirthdayNationalityBio
Thomas CarlyleDecember 4, 1795ScottishThomas Carlyle was a famous philosopher of the Victorian era
Plutarch45Greek, Ancient RomanPlutarch was a famous Greek biographer and essayist
Anna ComnenaDecember 1, 1083GreekAnna Comnena was the Greek princess and scholar who wrote the ‘Alexiad’
Henry AdamsFebruary 16, 1838AmericanHenry Adams was a well known American academician
Washington IrvingApril 3, 1783AmericanWashington Irving was America's first genuine internationally best-selling author
Michael KingDecember 15, 1945New ZealanderMichael King was an author, historian and biographer of great talent and creativity
A. N. WilsonOctober 27, 1950BritishA
David McCulloughJuly 7, 1933AmericanDavid McCullough, known as the ‘master of the art of narrative history’, is an American author, narrator, historian and lecturer
John George NicolayFebruary 26, 1832AmericanJohn George Nicolay was a German born American who served as private secretary to Abraham Lincoln
Thomas De QuinceyAugust 15, 1785BritishThomas De Quincey was an English writer best known for his book, ‘Confessions of an English Opium Eater’
John George Nicolay

John George Nicolay

John George Nicolay was a German born American who served as private secretary to Abraham Lincoln

AmericanFebruary 26, 1832117 views

Nirad C. Chaudhuri

Bengali-English writer Nirad C

IndianNovember 23, 189798 views

Anna Comnena

Anna Comnena was the Greek princess and scholar who wrote the ‘Alexiad’

GreekDecember 1, 1083200 views

Michael King

Michael King was an author, historian and biographer of great talent and creativity

Henry Adams

Henry Adams was a well known American academician

AmericanFebruary 16, 1838183 views

Washington Irving

Washington Irving was America's first genuine internationally best-selling author

AmericanApril 3, 1783155 views

Thomas De Quincey

Thomas De Quincey was an English writer best known for his book, ‘Confessions of an English Opium Eater’

BritishAugust 15, 1785113 views

Samuel Johnson

Samuel Johnson was a great English writer, poet, essayist, critic and lexicographer

Plutarch

Plutarch was a famous Greek biographer and essayist

Greek45207 views