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Popular and forgotten authors & journalists who made their reputation from their words rather then their faces. Read more >>

Journalism has been defined as "writing characterized by a direct presentation of facts or description of events without an attempt at interpretation." An author, however, has freer rein - often weaving a story, truth based or not, with the intent to inform and/or entertain. In the past, a journalist was expected to tell the truth, based on facts, and newspapers were the primary outlet of their efforts. Authors wrote books or plays or poems, creating new worlds that showed us more, through their words, about the world around us or times and places from their imaginations.

Historically, writing has been a pathway to fame for many. In his day, Charles Dickens (1812 - 1870) was England's most popular writer. He began with serialized stories in newspapers and dabbled in political journalism, moving on to write novels based on the world around him. Journalism has had it's rewards as well. Nelly Bly (the pen name of Elizabeth Cochran Seaman, 1864 - 1922) pioneered investigative journalism. She was a celebrated figure of her own time. George Sand (the pen name of author Amantine Lucile Dupin, 1804 - 1876 - women weren't allowed to publish in her time so she chose a man's name) was a celebrated French novelist. And who can forget Mark Twain (pen name of Samuel Langhorne Clemens, 1835 -1910) who made us laugh and think? Often, journalists and authors have been more well-known than actors, musicians, or singers.

Discover photos of authors and journalists you may or may have not known from the past. Many are still being read today, centuries later. << Read less

A photo of author Jack Kerouac whose most notable book is On the Road (1957).
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Jean-Louis Lebris "Jack" De Kerouac
Mar 12, 1922 - Oct 21, 1969
A photo of J.R.R. Tolkien, author of The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings.
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John Ronald Reuel Tolkien
Jan 3, 1892 - Sep 2, 1973
This photo of Abigail Van Buren (Dear Abby) was taken in the 1960's. She was born Pauline Esther Phillips (her twin was "Ann Landers") in 1918 in Iowa and began her "Dear Abby" column in 1956 at the age of 37 in San Francisco California. A strong woman, she called the San Francisco Chronicle and told them that she could write a better advice column than they were running at the time. She was right - they hired her and she wrote her column for decades, eventually being syndicated in hundreds of newspapers. She died on January 16, 2013 at the age of 94 of Alzheimers but I certainly remember beginning every day when I was a child by first reading "Dear Abby" in my parents' newspaper.
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Image of the 1902 Nobel Laureate in literature Christian Mommsen. Christian Mommsen (1817-1903) lived in Germany and is attributed as being one of the greatest living masters of the art of historical writing.
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A photo of Samuel Langhorne Clemens (Mark Twain), circa 1900
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Samuel Langhorne Clemens
Nov 30, 1835 - Apr 21, 1910
A photo of Harriet Beecher Stowe, 1811 - 1896.
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A portrait of Walt Whitman in 1887. Whitman was born in 1819 and died in 1902. You can see other pictures of him on AncientFaces but this photo reminds me of Santa Claus! Walt Whitman was a famous American poet and journalist, perhaps best known for his poetry collection "Leaves of Grass." Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress, George C. Cox
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Portrait of Lewis Carroll at age 23. While best known for writing Alice in Wonderland, Lewis held numerous roles including author, photographer, illustrator, poet, mathematician and teacher. While not a self-portrait by today's standards, this is considered a self portrait of himself which first appeared in the 1898 biography 'The Life and Letters of Lewis Carroll'.
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Lewis Carroll
Jan 27, 1832 - Jan 14, 1898
A photo of William Saroyan
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William Saroyan
Aug 31, 1908 - May 18, 1981
Fresno, California
A photo of Henrik Johan Ibsen
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Henrik Johan Ibsen
Mar 20, 1828 - May 23, 1906
A photo of Daphne Du Maurier
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Daphne Du Maurier
May 13, 1907 - Apr 19, 1989
A photo of Kahlil Gibran
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Kahlil Gibran
Jan 6, 1883 - Apr 10, 1931
A photo of John Vredenburgh Van Pelt
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John Vredenburgh Van Pelt
Feb 24, 1874 - May 30, 1962
A photo of Ernest Miller Hemingway
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Ernest Hemingway
Jul 21, 1899 - Jul 2, 1961
A photo of Haim Ginott
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Haim Ginott
Aug 5, 1922 - Nov 4, 1973
New York, NY
A photo of William Inge
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William Inge
May 3, 1913 - June 1973
A photo of Joyce Brothers
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Joyce Brothers
Oct 20, 1927 - May 13, 2013
A photo of Ruth Prawer Jhabvala.
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Ruth Prawer Jhabvala
May 7, 1927 - Apr 3, 2013
New York, NY, United States
A photo of Erasmus Wilson
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Erasmus Wilson
Jun 10, 1842 - Jan 14, 1922
A photo of a Punch Magazine cartoon for New Years Day, 1919. Following the end of WW1 in November 1918, Punch Magazine shows that the task for 1919 was repairing global alliances.
A photo of Cincinnatus Heine "Joaquin" Miller
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Joaquin Miller
Sep 8, 1837 - Feb 17, 1913
A photo of Walter Cade III's sister Toni Cade Bambara.
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Miltona Mirkin (Cade) Bambara
Mar 25, 1939 - Dec 9, 1995
A photo of Samuel "Mark Twain" Langhorne Clemens
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Samuel Langhorne Clemens
Nov 30, 1835 - Apr 21, 1910
A photo of writer Neil Simon. Born in The Bronx in 1927, he was a playwright, author, and screenwriter. Beginning with writing for early comedy tv shows, he went on to be a prolific and succesful comedy writer for stage, movies, and television. From "Come Blow Your Horn" to "Barefoot in the Park" to "The Odd Couple" - and numerous others - his style entertained generations. Growing up during the Depression in an emotionally unstable household, Simon turned to movies (and comedy) for relief during his childhood. He said that this inspired him to turn to writing comedy as an adult. He was born to Jewish parents and had one brother who was 8 years older. He was married 5 times (to 4 women) and had 3 children. And he left us with a wonderful body of work.
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Neil Simon
1927 - Aug 26, 2018
A photo of Earl Wilson, author and columnist
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Earl Wilson
May 3, 1907 - Jan 16, 1987
United States
A photo of Sheilah Graham's great love: F. Scott Fitzgerald
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Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald
Sep 24, 1896 - Dec 21, 1940
A photo of Elizabeth "Nellie Bly" Jane (Cochran) Seaman
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Elizabeth Jane (Cochran) Seaman
May 5, 1864 - Jan 27, 1922
A photo of Cornelia Otis Skinner
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Cornelia Otis Skinner
May 30, 1899 - Jul 9, 1979
New York, NY
A photo of Thomas Lanier "Tennessee" Williams Iii
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Thomas Lanier "Tennessee" Williams III
Mar 26, 1911 - Feb 25, 1983
A photo of Thomas Lanier "Tennessee" Williams Iii
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Thomas Lanier "Tennessee" Williams III
Mar 26, 1911 - Feb 25, 1983
A photo of Ivan T. Sanderson
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Ivan T. Sanderson
Jan 30, 1911 - Feb 19, 1973
A photo of Ivan T. Sanderson
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Ivan T. Sanderson
Jan 30, 1911 - Feb 19, 1973
A photo of Sarah Petrusky who was a brilliant poet.
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Sarah Petrusky
Mar 11, 1912 - Apr 13, 2008
Jackson Heights, NY
A photo of Samuel Marx author
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Samuel Marx
Jan 26, 1902 - Mar 2, 1992
Los Angeles, CA
A photo of Moss Hart standing and George Kaufman sitting, playwrights.
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Moss Hart
Oct 24, 1904 - Dec 20, 1961
A photo of Moss Hart on right and George Kaufman on left - FAMOUS PLAYWRIGHTS
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Moss Hart
Oct 24, 1904 - Dec 20, 1961
Kahlil Gibran (1883-1931) artist, poet and writer was born 'Khalil Gibran' in Bsharri, Lebanon to Khalil Gibran and Kamila Rahmeh. The family emigrated to America in 1895. Gibran is chiefly known for his inspirational book 'The Prophet' first published in 1923. He died in New York City 1931 aged 48. Written next to Gibran's grave in Lebanon are the words "I am alive like you, and I am standing beside you. Close your eyes and look around, you will see me in front of you." Photographer - F. Holland Day Norwood, Massachusetts 1896
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Kahlil Gibran
Jan 6, 1883 - Apr 10, 1931
A photo of Elizabeth "Nellie Bly" Jane (Cochran) Seaman
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Elizabeth Jane (Cochran) Seaman
May 5, 1864 - Jan 27, 1922
A photo of Elizabeth "Nellie Bly" Jane (Cochran) Seaman
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Elizabeth Jane (Cochran) Seaman
May 5, 1864 - Jan 27, 1922
A photo of Elizabeth "Nellie Bly" Jane (Cochran) Seaman
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Elizabeth Jane (Cochran) Seaman
May 5, 1864 - Jan 27, 1922
A photo of ILKA CHASE, BEST SELLING AUTHOR.
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Ilka Chase
Apr 8, 1905 - Feb 15, 1978
A photo of Henry Fairfield Osborn, Jr who wanted to be known as Fairfield Osborn and NOT Jr.
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Henry Fairfield Osborn, Jr.
Jan 15, 1887 - September 1969
New York, NY
A photo of Fairfield Osborn's book - OUR PLUNDERED PLANET
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Henry Fairfield Osborn, Jr.
Jan 15, 1887 - September 1969
New York, NY
A photo of Albert Payson Terhune
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Albert Payson Terhune
Dec 21, 1872 - Feb 18, 1942
A photo of Albert Payson Terhune and his Sunnybank Collies.
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Albert Payson Terhune
Dec 21, 1872 - Feb 18, 1942
A photo of Albert Payson Terhune. Terhune and Nellie Bly [Elizabeth Seaman] both worked for Arthur Brisbane!
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Albert Payson Terhune
Dec 21, 1872 - Feb 18, 1942
A photo of Albert Payson Terhune
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Albert Payson Terhune
Dec 21, 1872 - Feb 18, 1942
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