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Authors & Journalists

Some popular, and some not as popular, literary people from history focusing on authors & journalists. These photos aren't of people who made their reputation from their faces, rather they made it through their words.

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.

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A photo of author Jack Kerouac whose most notable book is On the Road (1957).
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Taken in United Kingdom.
A photo of J.R.R. Tolkien, author of The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings.
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Taken in San Francisco, San Francisco County, CA .
This photo of Abigail Van Buren (Dear Abby) was taken in the 1960's. She was... more
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Taken in Germany.
Image of the 1902 Nobel Laureate in literature Christian Mommsen. Christian... more
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A photo of Samuel Langhorne Clemens (Mark Twain), circa 1900
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A portrait of Walt Whitman in 1887. Whitman was born in 1819 and died in... more
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A photo of writer Neil Simon. Born in The Bronx in 1927, he was a playwright,... more
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A photo of Earl Wilson, author and columnist
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A photo of Sheilah Graham's great love: F. Scott Fitzgerald
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A photo of Sarah Petrusky who was a brilliant poet.
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A photo of Moss Hart standing and George Kaufman sitting, playwrights.
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A photo of Moss Hart on right and George Kaufman on left - FAMOUS PLAYWRIGHTS
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Kahlil Gibran (1883-1931) artist, poet and writer was born 'Khalil Gibran' in... more
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A photo of Elizabeth "Nellie Bly" Jane (Cochran) Seaman
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A photo of ILKA CHASE, BEST SELLING AUTHOR.
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A photo of Henry Fairfield Osborn, Jr who wanted to be known as Fairfield... more
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A photo of Fairfield Osborn's book - OUR PLUNDERED PLANET
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