Portrait of the Writer

Literary Lives in Focus


A collection of more than 250 images of the world’s most renowned and revered writers, as immortalized by renowned photographers.


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Auden by Avedon; de Beauvoir by Cartier-Bresson; Duras by Doisneau; Proust by Man Ray; Huxley by Halsman; Apolliaire by Picasso; Arundhati Roy by Raghu Rai; Raymond Carver by Bob Adelman; Zadie Smith by Eamonn McCabe… Spanning from the late nineteenth century to the present day, Portrait of the Writer is a dazzling photographic collection of 250 stars of literature, as immortalized by some of the world’s greatest photographers.

Each photograph is accompanied by a biography of the writer, providing a concise overview of their life and literary accomplishments.

What is clear from this extensive, wide-ranging selection is the immense skill of the photographers who have observed writers, captured them and presented them to history. Our curiosity and memories are stimulated as much by the artists behind the lens as by their distinguished subjects.

Additional information

Weight 1544 g
Dimensions 17.6 x 22.2 cm
Publisher name Thames and Hudson Ltd
Publication date 1 October 2013
Number of pages 512
Format Hardback
Contributors Foreword by Goffredo Fofi
Dimensions 17.6 x 22.2 cm
Weight 1544 g
Goffredo Fofi is a noted Italian writer and cinema critic.