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Marco Polo

Marco Polo was an Italian merchant, explorer, and writer from Venice. His book the Travels of Marco Polo inspired Europeans to travel. It regaled his travels on the Silk Road describing his time with Kublai Khan and the wealth and massive size of China.

Dante Alighieri

Dante Alighieri was a poet, writer, philosopher, and political thinker. In Rome he wrote his most famous work The Divine Comedy. He met his great love Beatrice at nine and eventually immortalized her in his writings.

Johannes Gutenberg

Johannes Gutenberg was a German inventor who created the first movable type machine making mass printing possible and paving the way for printing machines to produce books throughout the world.


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Molieré was a French playwright, actor and a poet. His birth name was Jean Baptiste Poquelin. Molieré was one of France’s greatest writers.

Daniel Defoe

Daniel Defoe was an English trader, writer, journalist, and a spy. He is famous for his novel Robinson Crusoe, which is second only to the Bible in translations around the world.

Jonathan Swift

Jonathan Swift was an Irish writer, satirist, and poet from from Dublin. Swift became a cleric then Dean of St Patrick’s Cathedral. He is remembered for writing Gulliver’s Travels.


Voltaire pseudonym of Francois Marie Arouet was one of the greatest French writers of all time. He was French Enlightenment writer, historian, and philosopher.


Giacomo Casanova was a lover, adventurer, memoirist, and his own best publicist.

E. T. A. Hoffmann

E. T. A. Hoffmann was a German fantasy and Gothic horror writer, and a jurist, composer, music critic and artist. He is one of the major authors of the Romantic movement.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe is considered by many to be the greatest German writer and poet of the modern era.

Jane Austen

Jane Austen was an English novelist known for her charming romantic novels. The plots explored the dependence of women on marriage which provided social standing and economic security in England at the end of the 18th century.

Thomas Carlyle

Thomas Carlyle was a Scottish writer, historian, philosopher, mathematician, and teacher. His work included his books, The French Revolution, On Heroes, Hero-Worship, and the Heroic in History, and The History of Friedrich II of Prussia.

Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

Shelley was an English writer. During a storm in Switzerland Mary got the idea for her Gothic novel Frankenstein.

Honore de Balzac

Honore de Balzac was a French writer writer, considered to be one of the greatest novelist of all time. He chronicled society writing about the six aspects of society: private, provincial, political, military, and country life.

Nathaniel Hawthorne

Nathaniel Hawthorne was an American writer known for his dark romantic novels dealing with good and evil. His early life in Salem Massachusetts, home of the witch trials, inspired him to write The Scarlet Letter. The following year he published The House of the Seven Gables.

George Sand

George Sand Amantin Lucile Aurore Dupin, pseudonym George Sand, French novelist, memoirist. She had close relationships with Frederic Chopin and the writer Alfred de Musset.

Hans Christian Andersen

Hans Christian Andersen, Danish author was a Danish author best known for iconic fairy tales read by parents to their children since they were published. He also wrote plays, travelogues, novels, and poems.

Alexis de Tocqueville

Alexis de Tocqueville which succeeded the February 1848 Revolution. Tocqueville is best known for writing Democracy in America and The Old Regime and the Revolution.

Edgar Allan Poe

Edgar Allan Poe American mystery writer’s cat Catterina sat on his shoulder while he wrote stories like The Raven, The Black Cat and The Tell-Tale Heart.

Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr

Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr was an American physician and poet. A member of the Fireside Poets, he was acclaimed as one of the best writers of the day.

Horatio Alger Jr.

Horatio Alger Jr. was an American writer of young adult novels. He was part of the social reform movement. His books and the reform movement changed the lives of 1000s of New York kids.

Horace Greeley

Horace Greeley was an American politician, newspaper editor, publisher and founder of the New-York Tribune. Seeking wealth and opportunity he is famous for saying, “Go west, young man.”

Charles Dickens

Charles Dickens was an English writer, a Victorian era literary rock star. His fame has amplified particularly during the holidays when his infamous Ebenezer Scrooge from A Christmas Carol makes an annual appearance.

Frederick Douglass

Frederick Douglass was an escaped slave, an author, editor, diplomat, suffragist, and a national leader of the abolitionist movement.

Herman Melville

Herman Melville was an American novelist, Renaissance poet and a short story writer. His masterpiece Moby Dick chronicled a duel between a great while whale and Captain Ahab of the whaling ship Pequod.

Leo Tolstoy

Leo Tolstoy was a Russian writer. Count Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy was born to an aristocratic Russian family. His novels are among the world’s greatest realist fiction.

Louisa May Alcott

Louisa May Alcott was an American novelist, short story writer and poet. Her novels about the young people of her era continue to be treasured and widely read.

Bram Stoker

Bram Stoker was an Irish journalist, a writer and a theatre business manager. A sickly child, his mother fed him tales of death, disease and the supernatural. His novel Dracula that started the vampire craze and has spawned over a 1000 novels and 200 films.

Robert Louis Stevenson

Robert Louis Stevenson was a Scottish writer. He entered Edinburgh college at 16 to study engineering but developed a passion for writing.