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Our Biographies collection features articles profiling men and women, past and present, who have shaped the world in which we live. Among them you will find revolutionaries and role models, artists and inventors, statesmen and dictators. What motivated them? How did they think? How did they change the world? This collection puts the giants of human history into context and provides insight into their lives.

We invite you to explore the inspirations of Pablo Picasso and Georgia O’Keeffe, observe the impact of Adam Smith, or decipher the mind of Sir Isaac Newton. Here you can go beyond the famous names and the ubiquitous myths to witness what made them great and what made them human.

They transformed their dreams into our reality. From the freedoms we enjoy to the manifold technological advances to the candy we eat, these individuals touched it all. And as we come to understand these transcendent figures, and the conditions that forged them, we expand our understanding of ourselves.


Presidents and Other Leaders
Thinkers and Innovators
Alvarez, Julia
Arnold, Matthew
Austen, Jane
Baldwin, James
Balzac, Honore de
Beckett, Samuel
Bellamy, Edward
Beyle, Marie-Henri -- aka Stendhal
Bierce, Ambrose
Bishop, Elizabeth
Borges, Jorge Luis
Browning, Robert
Calvino, Italo
Carlyle, Thomas
Carroll, Lewis
Celan, Paul
DeLillo, Don
Desai, Kiran
Dickens, Catherine
Dickens, Charles
Dickinson, Emily
Dickinson, Emily
Dostoyevsky, Fyodor
Doyle, Arthur Conan
Eliot, George
Eliot, George (2)
Eliot, T.S.
Flaubert, Gustave
Graves, Robert
Grey, Zane
Harris, Joel Chandler
Hatoum, Milton
Hawthorne, Nathaniel
Hemingway, Ernest
Henty, G.A.
Kafka, Franz
Kazantzakis, Nikos
Kertész, Imre
Kingston, Maxine Hong
Kipling, Rudyard
Larsen, Nella
Laxness, Halldor
Lee, Li Young
Lowell, Amy, and William Carlos Williams
Marquez, Gabriel Garcia
Melville, Herman
Merwin, M.S.
Milne, A. A.
Mistral, Frederic
Munoz Molina, Antonio
Nabokov, Vladimir
Narayan, R.K.
Neruda, Pablo
O'Brien, Tim
Orwell, George (Eric Blair)
Parkman, Francis
Percy, Walker
Proust, Marcel
Pushkin, Alexander Sergeevich
Rosetti, Christina
Runyon, Damon
Saadi, Shiraz
Salinger, J.D.
Shaw, George Bernard
Solzhenitsyn, Alexander
Stevens, Wallace
Stoppard, Tom
Tennyson, Lord Alfred
Thompson, Francis
Trollope, Anthony
Twain, Mark
Twain, Mark
Undset, Sigrid
Updike, John
Waugh, Evelyn
Wells, H.G. (1)
Wells, H.G. (2)
Welty, Eudora
West, Rebecca
Whitman, Walt
Wilde, Oscar
Wilder, Thornton
Williams, William Carlos
Yeats, W. B.
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