Ordered by name. Order by date of birth
Peter Abelard (1079 - 1142) -- famous for his affair with HÃƒÂ©loÃƒÂ¯se, Abelard was one of the leading thinkers of his era.
Chinua Achebe (1930 - 0) -- highly regarded African writer in English.
Henry Adams (1838 - 1918) -- American historian, famous for his autobiographical critique of Western civilization and culture.
Aeschylus (525 - 456) -- one of the three great ancient Greek dramatists .
Aesop (620 - 560) -- Greek author of famous animal fables..
Lousia May Alcott (1832 - 1888) -- well known American author of children's books.
Thomas Bailey Aldrich (1836 - 1907) -- American editor, writer.
Horatio Alger (1832 - 1899) -- American writer, influential in his portrayal of underprivileged youths.
Dante Alighieri (1265 - 1321) -- Italian poet, philosopher whose epic poem <I>The Divine Comedy</I> is the greatest and most influential of medieval poetry..
Joseph A. Altsheler (1862 - 1919) -- American writer whose works have been very popular with youth.
Bierce Ambrose (1842 - 1914) -- prominent American journalist during the time of the Civil War, and writer of short stories strongly influenced by Poe.
Anaxagoras (500 - 428) -- influential pre-Socratic philosopher.
Anaximander (610 - 550) -- one of the three Milesian pre-Socratic 'natural philosophers'.
Anaximenes (610 - 550) -- one of the three Milesian pre-Socratic 'natural philosophers'.
Hans Christian Andersen (1805 - 1875) -- Danish writer, most famous for his fairy stories.
Anonymous (0 - 0) -- [<i>texts whose author is unknown are included under Anonymous</i>].
Anselm (1033 - 1109) -- leading medieval thinker, and Archbishop of Canterbury, who is remembered for his ontological arguments for the existence of God, and his position on theological matters.
Antisthenes (440 - 360) -- a student of Socrates, Antisthenes' philosophy of cynicism exerted an important influence on Diogenes.
Lucius Apuleius (125 - 200) -- 2nd-century Roman writer and philosopher.
Thomas Aquinas (1224 - 1274) -- medieval philosopher-theologian who attempted to synthesise Aristotle with the doctrines of the Church.
Arcesilaus (315 - 240) -- Greek philosopher who championed scepticism, holding that we should suspend our beliefs and judgements.
Aristophanes (385 - 450) -- Greek comedian, famous for his savage parodies and chaotic comedies..
Aristotle (384 - 322) -- an Ancient Greek philosopher, and one of the greatest minds in human history.
Antoine Arnauld (1612 - 1694) -- seventeenth-century philosopher, famous for his critique of Descartes.
Isaac Asiomv (1920 - 1992) -- Asimov is best know for dealing with the realm of possible Futures characterised by the proliferation of technology..