Mark Twain, early-1850s

A rare YOUNG Mark Twain portrait from the Quintessential American author. Wildly humorous, brilliantly observant, clever and socially aware. Ahead of his time. If you've never read any Twain, start with Huck Finn.

Fiodor Dostojewski.

Dostoevsky - Photographic portrait of Dostoevsky, inscribed / famed Russian writer and novelist.

Vladimir Nabokov (1899-1977)... Lolita, Ada o el ardor... "La vida es una gran sorpresa. No veo por qué la muerte no podría ser una mayor."

† Vladimir Nabokov (April 1899 - July Russian writer, poet and literature critic.

Joan Didion

Joan Didion--People with self-respect exhibit a certain toughness, a kind of moral nerve; they display what was once called character. Character—the willingness to accept responsibility for one's own life—is the source from which self-respect springs.

Harper Lee ~ Author of 'To Kill A Mockingbird' (love this picture of one of my favorite Southern authors)

Harper Lee ~ Author of 'To Kill A Mockingbird' from Monroeville, Alabama (love this picture of one of my favorite Southern authors)

Gabriel García Marquez,

“What matters in life is not what happens to you but what you remember and how you remember it.” ― Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez, uncredited photo

Umberto Eco (1932-2016) - Italian novelist, essayist, literary critic, philosopher, semiotician. Photo © Robbie Fimmano

Italian writer Umberto Eco, shot by Robbie Fimmano for Interview Magazine. As an essayist, he forever changed the way we think about popular culture. As a novelist, Umberto Eco has written the secret history of the world.

Photograph of Virginia Woolf and T. S. Eliot taken by Lady Ottoline Morrell at her home, Garsington

Retrato fotográfico de T. S. Eliot y Virginia Woolf

Eliot and Virginia Woolf in June as photographed by Lady Ottoline Morrell. (National Portrait Gallery) thebloomsburygroup “ T. Eliot and Virginia Woolf in June.

Kurt Vonnegut

Kurt Vonnegut term paper assignment for his students in the Iowa Writers’ Workshop.

Charles Bukowski and Friend

“being alone never felt right. sometimes it felt good, but it never felt right.” ― Charles Bukowski Damn do I love Bukowski

Dylan Thomas [1914 - 1953]

sleepydrummer: “Dylan Thomas, 1944 Hulton Archive/Getty Images “I fellowed sleep who kissed me in the brain, Let fall the tear of time;