(1661-1731) One of the first English novelists, most famous for Robinson Crusoe.

Daniel Defoe

(1661-1731) One of the first English novelists, most famous for Robinson Crusoe.

(1631-1700) Poet, playwright, satirist and the Poet Laureate

John Dryden

(1631-1700) Poet, playwright, satirist and the Poet Laureate

Benjamin Franklin (January 17, 1706 – April 17, 1790) was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States of America. A noted polymath, Franklin was a leading author and printer, satirist, political theorist, politician, scientist, inventor, civic activist, statesman, and diplomat. As a scientist, he was a major figure in the Enlightenment and the history of physics for his discoveries and theories regarding electricity. He invented the lightning rod, bifocals, the Franklin stove, a carriage odometer, and the glass harmonica. He formed both the first public lending library in America and first fire department in Pennsylvania.

Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin (January 17, 1706 – April 17, 1790) was one of the Founding Fathers of the United…

United States writer, diplomat, and abolitionist.

James Russell Lowell

United States writer, diplomat, and abolitionist.

(1819-1891) American poet, critic, essayist, orator and diplomat most famous for The Vision of Sir Launfal.

James Russell Lowell

(1819-1891) American poet, critic, essayist, orator and diplomat most famous for The Vision of Sir Launfal.

A Renaissance writer, born in Chinon, Indre-et-Loire, France.

Francois Rabelais

A Renaissance writer, born in Chinon, Indre-et-Loire, France.