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Charles Babbage, English mathematician and inventor (1792 - 1871)
Roger W. Babson, American statistician and columnist (1875 - 1967)
Lauren Bacall, American actress (1924 - )
Bacchylides, Greek lyric poet (fl. 5th century)
Johann Sebastian Bach, German composer and organist (1685 - 1750)
Richard Bach, American novelist and author (1936 - )
Burt Bacharach, American composer (1928 - )
Gaston Bachelard, French philosopher (1884 - 1962)
Irving Bacheller, American journalist and author (1859 - 1950)
Richard Bachman (a pseudonym of Stephen King)
Anne(Lady) Bacon, English wife of Nathaniel Bacon (English 1547-1622)
Francis Bacon, English philosopher, statesman and writer (1561 - 1626)
Nathaniel Bacon (1), English son of Sir Nicholas Bacon (1547 - 1622)
Nathaniel Bacon (2), American (English-born) lawyer and colonial insurgent leader (1647 - 1676)
Roger Bacon, English philosopher, scientist and friar (c. 1214 - 1292)
Robert Baden-Powell, English soldier (1857 - 1941)
Bugs Baer, American journalist and cartoonist (1886 - 1969)
Joan Baez, American folksinger and political activist (1941 - )
Walter Bagehot, English author, critic, editor and economist (1826 - 1877)
Enid Bagnold, English novelist and playwright (1889 - 1981)
Charles Waldo Bailey II (1929 - )
David Bailey, English photographer (1938 - )
Pearl Bailey, American singer and actress (1918 - 1990)
Philip James Bailey, English poet (1816 - 1902)
Temple Bailey (Irene Temple Bailey), American novelist (188_? - 1953)
Joanna Baillie, Scottish poet and dramatist (1762 - 1851)
Alexander Bain, Scottish writer on logic and psychology (1818 - 1903)
Ella Baker, American civil rights activist (1903 - 1986)
Henry Frederick Baker, English mathematician (1866 - 1956)
James Baker, American government official (1930 - )
Josephine Baker, French dancer, singer and entertainer (1906 - 1975)
Russell Baker, American journalist, author and humorist (1925 - )
Tammy Faye Bakker, American evangelist (1942 - )
Mikhail Bakunin, Russian revolutionary and anarchist (1814 - 1876)
George Balanchine, Russian choreographer (1904 - 1983)
David Baldacci (?,?) 20th century novelist
Christina Baldwin, American writer
Faith Baldwin, American novelist (1893 - 1978)
James Baldwin, American novelist and essayist (1924 - 1987)
Monica Baldwin, English writer (1896 - 1975)
Stanley Baldwin, English statesman (1867 - 1947)
Arthur James Balfour, English statesman and writer (1848 - 1930)
A.M.W. Ball, American poet and writer (19th century)
John Ball, English preacher (took part in Wat Tyler's rebellion) ( - 1381)
Lucille Ball, American comic actress (1911 - 1989)
James Ballantine, Scottish poet and artist (1808 - 1877)
Sheila Ballantyne, American writer
J.G. Ballard, English novelist (1930 - )
Hosea Ballou, American clergyman and founder of "Universalism" (1771 - 1852)
Mathurin M. Ballou, American author (1820 - 1895)
Honore de Balzac, French novelist (1799 - 1850)
Jean Louis Guez de Balzac, French litterateur (1799 - 1850)
Toni Cade Bambara, American writer (1939 - 1995)
John Codrington Bampfylde, English poet (1754 - 1796)
John Bancks (Banks), English miscellaneous writer (1709 - 1751)
George Bancroft, American historian and author (1800 - 1891)
Richard Bancroft, English prelate opposed to the Puritans (1544 - 1610)
Lester Bangs, American critic and author (1948 - 1982)
Tallulah Bankhead, American actress (1903 - 1968)
George Linnaeus Banks, English miscellaneous writer, editor and economist (1821 - 1881)
Iain M. Banks, Scottish writer
Benjamin Banneker, American astronomer, inventor and poet (1731 - 1806)
Imamu Amiri Baraka, American poet and dramatist (1934 - )
Mrs. Anna Letitia Barbauld, English poet and writer (1743 - 1825)
W.N.P. (Wilhelm Nero Pilate) Barbellion (pseud. of Bruce F. Cummings), English naturalist and diarist (1889 - 1919)
Cardinal Francesco Barberini, Italian prelate and founder of library in Rome (1597 - 1679)
John Barbour, Scottish poet (1320 - 1396)
Julian Barbour, British physicist (1937 - )
Barca, surname of Hamilcar, Carrthaginian general and father of Hannibal (killed 229 BC)
Alexander Barclay, English poet, scholar and divine (1475? - 1552)
Brigitte Bardot, French actress (1934 - )
Bertrand Barere, French Jacobin demagogue and revolutionist (1755 - 1841)
Richard Harris Barham, English humorous writer (1788 - 1845)
Matthew Barker, English nonconformist divine (1619 - 1698)
Thomas Barker, English writer and fisherman (fl. 1651)
Charles Barkley, American basketball player (1963 - )
Joel Barlow, American poet and patriot (1755 - 1812)
Lady Ann Barnard, Scottish poet (1750 - 1825)
Christiaan Barnard, South African surgeon (1922 - )
Frederick R. Barnard, mathematician and college president (1809 - 1889)
Antoine Barnave, French politician of the revolution (1761 - 1793)
Barnabe Barnes, English poet (c. 1569 - 1607)
Clive Barnes, English journalist, critic and writer (1927 - )
Djuna Barnes, American novelist, poet, illustrator and dramatist (1892 - 1982)
William Barnes, English philologist, clergyman and poet (1800 - 1886)
Jan van olden Barneveldt, Dutch lawyer and statesman (1547 - 1619)
Natalie Clifford Barney, American author (1876 - 1972)
Richard Barnfield, English poet (about 1574 - 1605)
Phineas T. Barnum, American showman and circus owner (1810 - 1891)
Marie Le Baron, no available biographical information
Amelia E. Barr, American author and journalist (1831 - 1919)
Mary A. Barr, Scottish writer (1852 - )
Roseanne Barr, American actress and comedian (1952 - )
Eaton S. Barrett, Irish satirist (1785 - 1820)
Rona Barrett, American journalist (1936 - )
Sir James Matthew Barrie, Scottish writer and dramatist (1860 - 1937)
E. Barrington (pseudonym of Lily Adams Beck) ( - 1931)
George Barrington (Waldron), English transported convict who wrote on Australian topics (1755 - 1835)
Isaac Barrow, English clergyman and mathematician (1630 - 1677)
Sydney Biddle Barrows, American socialite and brothel keeper (late 20th century)
Dave Barry, American columnist and humorist (1947 - )
Lynda Barry, American cartoonist and writer (1956 - )
Michael Joseph Barry, Irish barrister (1817 - 1889)
Ethel Barrymore, American actress (1879 - 1959)
John Barrymore, American actor (1882 - 1942)
John Barth, American novelist (1930 - )
Karl Barth, Swiss theologian (1886 - 1968)
Roland Barthes, French critic (1915 - 1980)
John Bartlett, American compiler of quotations (1820 - 1905)
Cyrus Augustus Bartol, American clergyman and writer (1813 - 1900)
Bernard Barton, English poet (1784 - 1849)
Bruce Barton, American author and advertising executive (1886 - 1967)
Clara Barton, American humanitarian (1821 - 1912)
Bernard M. Baruch, American businessman and statesman (1870 - 1965)
Mikhail Baryshnikov, Latvian-American ballet dancer (1948 - )
Jacques Barzun, French-American teacher, historian and author (1907 - )
Henry Howarth Bashford, English writer and physician (1880 - 1961)
Count Basie, American jazz pianist and composer (1904 - 1984)
Saint Basil (Bishop of Caesarea) ("The Great"), Greek religious leader and eminent Christian father (329 - 379)
William Basse, English poet (- c. 1653)
Olivier Basselin, French dyer and reputed author of "Vaux-de-Vire" (c. 1400 - c. 1450)
Thomas Bastard, English epigrammatist (1598 - 1618)
Augusto Roa Bastos, Latin-American novelist (1917 - )
Georges Bataille, French librarian and writer (1897 - 1962)
Katharine Lee Bates, American writer and college professor (1859 - 1929)
Lewis J. Bates, American poet (1832 - )
Mary Bateson, English historian (1865 - 1906)
Mary Catherine Bateson, American professor of anthropology and English (1939 - )
Phyllis Battelle, American journalist (1922 - )
Pierre Charles Baudelaire, French poet, critic and translator (1821 - 1867)
Jean Baudrillard, French sociologist (1929 - )
Vicki Baum, American (Austrian-born) novelist (1888 - 1960)
Anne Baxter, American actress (1923 - 1987)
Richard Baxter, English theologian (1651 - 1691)
Chevalier Pierre du Terrail Bayard, French national hero (about 1475 - 1524)
Pierre Bayle, French philosopher and critic (1647 - 1706)
Thomas Haynes Bayly, English poet (1797 - 1839)
Rev. John Beacon, English clergyman (fl. 1831)
Charles A. Beard, American historian (1874 - 1948)
James Beard, American chef and author (1903 - 1985)
Mary Ritter Beard, American historian and writer (1876 - 1958)
Romare Howard Bearden, American artist and collagist (1914 - 1988)
Beatles, British rock band (20th century)
Cecil Beaton, English photographer (1904 - 1980)
James Beattie, Scottish poet (1735 - 1803)
Warren Beatty, American actor (1937 - )
Pierre de Beaumarchais, French dramatist and writer (1732 - 1799)
Francis Beaumont, English playwright and dramatic poet (1586 - 1616)
Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher, English dramatists (1586 - 1616 / 1579 - 1625)
Sir John Beaumont, English poet (1583 - 1627)
Dr. Joseph Beaumont, English poet (1616 - 1699)
Simone de Beauvoir, French writer (1908 - 1986)
William Maxwell Beaverbrook, English publisher and statesman (1879 - 1964)
Cesare di Bonesana Beccaria, Italian philosophical and political writer (1735 - 1794)
Nikolaus Becker, German poet (1809 - 1845)
Samuel Beckett, Irish playwright and novelist (1906 - 1989)
Thomas Lovell Beddoes, English poet and dramatist (1803 - 1849)
Bede "The Venerable", English monk and ecclesiastical writer (about 673 - 735)
Bernard Elliott Bee, American Confederate general (1824 - 1861)
Thomas Beecham, English conductor (1879 - 1961)
Catharine Esther Beecher, American educator and author (1800 - 1878)
Henry Ward Beecher, American clergyman and reformer (1813 - 1887)
Max Beerbohm, English essayist, caricaturist and parodist (1872 - 1956)
Ethel Lynn Beers, American poet (1827 - 1879)
Ludwig van Beethoven, German composer (1770 - 1827)
Harold Begbie (used pseudonym "A Gentleman with a Duster"), English author and journalist (1871 - 1929)
Janet Begbie, English poet (living early 20th century)
Brendan Behan, Irish dramatist and author (1923 - 1964)
Mrs. Aphra Johnson Behn, English playwright, poet and novelist (1640 - 1689)
Bertha Behrens (used pseudonym Wilhelmine Heimburg), American novelist (1850 - 1912)
Acton Bell, (see Anne Bronte)
Alexander Graham Bell, American (Scottish-born) inventor of telephone (1847 - 1922)
Clive Bell, English art critic (1881 - 1964)
Eric Temple Bell, American (Scottish-born) mathematician (1883 - 1960)
Mrs. Helen Bell ( - 1835)
Henry Glassford Bell, Scottish poet, writer and editor (1803 - 1874)
Edward Bellamy, American author and utopian visionary (1850 - 1898)
W.A. Bellamy, English song writer (c. 1849)
Joachim du Bellay, French poet and prose writer (c. 1525 - 1560)
E.F.J. von Munch Bellinghausen ("Friedrich Halm"), German poet and dramatist (1806 - 1871)
Hilaire Belloc, English poet, essayist, historian and novelist (1870 - 1953)
Saul Bellow, American novelist and author (1915 - )
Eleanor Robson Belmont, English-American actor, writer and nurse (1879 - 1979)
William Beloe, English scholar, critic and divine (1756 - 1817)
Peter Benchley, American writer (1940 - )
Robert Benchley, American humorist (1889 - 1945)
Ruth Benedict, American anthropologist (1887 - 1948)
Stephen Vincent Benet, American poet, novelist and short-story writer (1898 - 1943)
Ingrid Bengis, American writer
David Ben-Gurion, Israeli political leader (1886 - 1973)
Charles L. Benjamin, American song writers (20th century)
Charles L. Benjamin and George D. Sutton, American song writers (20th century)
Park Benjamin, American poet and journalist (1809 - 1864)
Walter Benjamin, German man of letters and aesthetician (1892 - 1940)
Tony Benn, English politician (1925 - )
Alan Bennett, English dramatist and actor (1934 - )
Arnold Bennett, English novelist (1867 - 1931)
Enoch Arnold Bennett, English novelist, playwright and essayist (1867 - 1931)
Gwendolyn Bennett, American poet and artist (1902 - 1981)
Henry Bennett, English-Irish poet (1785 - )
Henry Holcomb Bennett, American writer (1836 - 1924)
James Gordon Bennett, American (Scottish-born) editor (1795 - 1872)
John Bennett, American author, poet and illustrator (1865 - 1956)
William C. Bennett, English poet (c. 1820 - 1895)
William J. Bennett, American government officer (1943 - )
Conrad von Bennington, Dutch statesman (18th century?)
Jack Benny, American comedian (1894 - 1974)
Isaac de Benserade, French poet (1612 - 1691)
Noah benShea, poet and philosopher
Arthur Christopher Benson, English educator, scholar, poet and writer (1862 - 1925)
Ezra Taft Benson, American political and religious leader (1899 - 1994)
Jeremy Bentham, English jurist and philosopher (1748 - 1832)
Edmund Clerihew Bentley, English journalist and novelist (1875 - 1956)
Richard Bentley, English critic and classical scholar (1662 - 1742)
Joel Benton, American author (1832 - 1911)
Etienne Bequet, French journalist and critic (about 1800 - 1838)
Pierre Jean de Beranger, French poet (1780 - 1857)
Bernard Berenson, American art historian (1865 - 1959)
Patty Berg, American golfer (1918 - )
Candice Bergen, American actress and photojournalist (1946 - )
John Berger, English painter, teacher and art critic (1926 - )
Stuart M. Berger, M.D.
Savinien de Cyrano de Bergerac, French writer (1619 - 1655)
Ingmar Bergman, Swedish film director (1918 - )
Ingrid Bergman, Swedish actress (1915 - 1982)
Henri Louis Bergson, French scientist, philosopher and psychologist (1859 - 1941)
Anthony Berkeley (A.B. Cox) (used pseudonym Francis Iles), British novelist (1893 - 1971)
Bishop George Berkeley, English prelate, metaphysical philosopher and writer (1684 - 1753)
Sir John Berkenhead, English editor and writer (1617 - 1679)
Milton Berle, American comedian (1908 - )
Irving Berlin, American song writer (1888 - 1989)
Hector Berlioz, French composer (1803 - 1869)
F. Geronimo Bermudes, Spanish poet (c. 1530 - 1589)
Georges Bernanos, French novelist and polemical writer (1888 - 1948)
St. Bernard of Clairvaux, French ecclesiastic, Abbot of Clairvaux (1091 - 1153)
Claude Bernard, French physiologist (1813 - 1878)
Tristan Bernard, French playwright, novelist, journalist and lawyer (1866 - 1947)
William Bernbach, American advertising executive and copywriter (1911 - 1982)
Eric Berne, M.D., American psychiatrist and writer (1910 - )
Juliana Berners (or Bernes or Barnes), English writer (about 1388 -)
Sandra Bernhard, American actress and comedienne (1955 - )
Friedrich von Bernhardi, German soldier and writer on militarism (1849 - 1930)
Sarah Bernhardt, French actress (1844 - 1923)
Francesco Berni, Italian burlesque poet (1490 - 1536)
Louis de Bernieres, English novelist and short-story writer (1954 - )
Daniel Bernoulli, Dutch mathematician (1700 - 1782)
Carl Bernstein, American journalist and author (1944 - )
Jeremy Bernstein, American phusicist, educator and writer (1929 - )
Leonard Bernstein, American composer and conductor (1918 - 1990)
Yogi Berra, American baseball player (1925 - )
Dorothy Berry, English writer (c. 1699)
Mary Frances Berry, American government official and author (1938 - )
John Berryman, American poet, writer and educator (1914 - )
Jean Bertaut, French poet and bishop of Sees (1552 - 1611)
Mademoiselle Rose Bertin, French milliner to Marie Antoinette (1744 - 1813)
Sir Walter Besant, English novelist and writer, collaborated with James Rice (1836 - 1901)
Sir Walter Besant and J. Rice, English novelists and collaborators (1836 - 1901 / 1843 - 1882)
Abram Samoilovitch Besicovitch, English (Russian-born) mathematician (1891 - 1970)
Theobald Theodore Frederic Alfred von Bethmann-Hollweg, Germen Imperial Chancellor (1900 - 1917) (1856 - 1921)
George W. Bethune, American poet and clergyman (1805 - 1862)
Mary McLeod Bethune, American educator and writer (1875 - 1955)
John Betjeman, English poet (1906 - 1984)
Ugo Betti, Italian playwright (1892 - 1953)
Jean B.C.M. de Beauvais, French Bishop of Senez (1731 - 1790)
Aneurin Bevan, English politician (1897 - 1960)
W.H. Beveridge, English economist (1879 - 1963)
Michael Beverly, song writer
Sir Bevis of Hamptoun, a hero of medieval romance
Marie Henri Beyle, (see de Stendhal)
Benazir Bhutto (1953 - )
Lin Biao, Chinese marshal of the People's Liberation Army and leader to be (1907 - 1971)
Bias of Priene, Greek one of Seven sages (about 566 BC)
Elizabeth Asquith Bibesco, English novelist (20th century)
Isaac Bickerstaff, Irish dramatist (c. 1753 - after 1787)
Bidpai (a/k/a Pilpay), Brahmin gymnosophist (several cent. before Christ)
Ambrose Bierce, American journalist and writer (1842 - 1914)
George Bigelis, American computer reseller (1949 - )
Josh Billings (pseudonym of Henry Wheeler Shaw), American humorist (1818 - 1885)
John Binder, German philologist (1767 - 1805)
Rudolf Bing, Austrian manager (1902 - )
Laurence Binyon, English author and Orientalist (1869 - 1943)
Bion of Smyrna, Greek popular philosopher and poet (c. 325 BC - c. 255 BC)
Larry Bird, American basketball player and coach (1956 - )
Rose Elizabeth Bird, American justice (1936 - )
George Birdseye, American verse writer (1844 - 1919)
Augustine Birrell, English jurist, politician, author, critic and man of letters (1850 - 1933)
Elizabeth bishop, American poet (1911 - 1979)
Jim bishop, American author and journalist (1907 - 1987)
Thomas Brigham bishop, American song writer (1835 - 1905)
Karl Otto von Schonhausen Bismarck, German statesman (1815 - 1898)
Jacqueline Bisset, English actress (1944 - )
Hugo L. Black, American supreme court justice (1886 - 1971)
Shirley Temple Black, American actress and diplomat (1928 - )
Thomas Blackburn, no biographical data available
Colonel Blacker, British officer (1780 - 1826)
John Stuart Blackie, Scottish classical scholar and writer (1809 - 1895)
Thomas Blacklock, Scottish poet and divine (1721 - 1791)
Sir Richard Blackmore, English physician and poet (c. 1650 - 1729)
Harry A. Blackmun, American supreme court justice (1908 - )
Sir William Blackstone, English jurist (1723 - 1780)
Antoinette Brown Blackwell, American abolitionist, feminist and clergy (1825 - 1921)
Elizabeth Blackwell, American physician and author (1821 - 1910)
Emily Blackwell, American physician and author (1826 - 1910)
Red Blaik, American football coach (1897 - 1989)
Bonnie Blair, American speed skater (1964 - )
Hugh Blair, English clergyman, critic and professor of rhetoric & belles-lettres (1718 - 1809)
Robert Blair, Scottish poet and clergyman (1699 - 1746)
Tony Blair, English prime minister (1953 - )
Charles Dupee Blake, American poet (1846 - 1903)
Michael Blake (1945 - )
William Blake, English artist and poet (1757 - 1827)
Susanna Blamire, English poet (1747 - 1794)
Miss Susanna Blamire and Miss Catherine Gilpin, English poets (1747 - 1794 and 1738 - 1811)
Laman Blanchard, English journalist and litterateur (1803 - 1845)
Pierre Blanchet, French dramatic poet (c. 1459 - 1519)
Robert Bland, English poet and classical editor (1779 - 1825)
Smiley Blanton, M.D., English poet (1757 - 1827)
William P. Blatty, American novelist (20th century)
Helena Petrova Blavatsky, Russian author, translator and theosophist (1831 - 1891)
Anne E. Bleecker, American poet (1752 - 1783)
Lady Marguerite Blessington, English socialite and writer (1789 - 1849)
Allan David Bloom (1930 - )
Robert Bloomfield, English poet (1766 - 1823)
Paul Blouet (Max O'Rell), French journalist, lecturer and critic (1848 - 1903)
Field Marshall Gebhard Lebrecht von Blucher, Prussian field marshall at Waterloo (1742 - 1819)
Vida Blue, American baseball player (1949 - )
Leon Blum, French politician (1872 - 1950)
Judy Blume, American novelist and writer (1938 - )
Robert Bly, American poet (1926 - )
George Dana Boardman, American missionary to Burma (1801 - 1831)
Jacob Bobart, German botanist (1641 - 1719)
Giovanni Boccaccio, Italian or Parisian Italian story writer (1313 - 1375)
Friedrich M. von Bodenstedt, German writer, journalist and translator (1819 - 1892)
Jean Bodinus (Bodin), French political philosopher and advocate (1530 - 1596)
Sir Thomas Bodley, British diplomat and founder of Bodleian Library at Oxford (1544 - 1612)
Ivan F. Boesky, American businessman (1937 - )
Boethius, Roman statesman and philosopher (470? - 525)
Louise A. Bogan, American lyric poet and critic (1897 - 1970)
Humphrey Bogart, American actor (1899 - 1957)
Henry G. Bohn, English publisher and bookseller (1796 - 1884)
Niels Henrik David Bohr, Danish physicist (1885 - 1962)
Matteo Marie Boiardo (Bojardo), French poet and scholar (1430 - 1494)
Nicolas Boileau-Despreaux, French poet, critic and satirist (1636 - 1711)
Sissela Bok, Swedish philosopher (1934 - )
Henry St. John Bolingbroke, English statesman and writer (1678 - 1751)
Robert Bolt, English playwright and screen writer (1924 - 1995)
Sarah Knowles Bolton, American poet, editor and social reformer (1841 - 1916)
Janos Bolyai, Hungarian mathematician (1802 - 1860)
Erma Bombeck, American journalist, author and humorist (1927 - 1996)
Horatius Bonar,D.D., Scottish clergyman, poet and writer (1808 - 1890)
Dietrich Bonhoeffer, German theologian (1906 - 1945)
Pope Boniface VIII, Italian Catholic Pope (1235 - 1303)
Bernard de Bonnard, French poet (1744 - 1784)
Edward De Bono, Maltese physician and educator (1933 - )
Arna Bontemps, American poet and writer (1902 - 1973)
Corrie Ten Boom, Dutch evangelist (1892 - 1983)
Pat Boone, American singer (1934 - )
Daniel J. Boorstin, American historian (1914 - )
Elayne Boosler, American comedian (1952 - )
Barton Booth, English actor (1681 - 1733)
Rev. John Booth, English compiler (fl. 1860)
Shirley Booth, American actress (1907 - )
William Booth, English religious leader (1829 - 1912)
James H. Boren, American bureaucrat (1925 - )
Victor Borge, American pianist and comedian (1909 - )
Jorge Luis Borges, Argentinian poet and short-story writer (1899 - 1986)
Hal Borland, American journalist (1900 - 1978)
Martin Bormann, German political leader (1900 - 1945)
Max Born, German-British physicist and educator (1882 - 1970)
George Henry Borrow, English writer and gypsy scholar (1803 - 1881)
Pierre Bosquet, French marshal (1810 - 1861)
Jacques Benigue Bossuet, French bishop and pulpit orator (1627 - 1704)
James Boswell, Scottish lawyer and biographer (1740 - 1795)
Anne C. Lynch Botta, American poet (c. 1820 - 1891)
Dion Boucicault, Irish dramatist and actor (1822 - 1890)
Nadia Boulanger, French conductor and educator (1887 - 1979)
Nicolas Bourbaki, French pseudonym for mathematician group (c. 1939 - 1980)
Pierre de Bourdeilles ("Brantome"), French historian (1540 - 1614)
Francis William Bourdillon, English poet (1852 - 1921)
Paul Bourget, French novelist (1852 - 1935)
Margaret Bourke-White, American photojournalist (1904 - 1971)
Vincent Bourne, English scholar and writer (1698 - 1747)
Jim Bouton, American baseball player (20th century)
Christian Nestell Bovee, American author and lawyer (1820 - 1904)
Catherine Drinker Bowen, American writer (1897 - 1973)
Elizabeth Bowen, Anglo-Irish novelist (1899 - 1973)
Walter Bower, Scottish historian (1385 - 1449)
Lucien Boyer, French physician (1808 - 1890)
Hjalmar Hjorth Boyesen, Norwegian novelist (1848 - 1895)
Robert Boyle, Irish chemist and philosopher (1626 - 1691)
Roger Boyle, Earl of Orrery, Irish statesman, soldier and dramatist (1621 - 1679)
Samuel Boyse, British writer (1708 - 1749)
Henry de Bracton, English ecclesiastic and jurist ( - 1268)
Malcolm Bradbury, English novelist (1932 - )
Ray Bradbury, American science-fiction writer (1920 - )
Barbara Taylor Bradford, English writer (1933 - )
John Bradford, English Protestant martyr (1510? - 1555)
William Bradford, American (English-born) Pilgrim father and 2nd governor of Plymouth colony (1590 - 1657)
Francis H. Bradley, English philosopher (1846 - 1924)
Marion Zimmer Bradley, American novelist (1930 - )
Omar Bradley, American general (1893 - 1981)
Tom Bradley, American mayor (1917 - )
John Bradshaw, American philosopher, lecturer and author (1933 - )
Anne Bradstreet, American poet (c. 1612 - 1672)
Nicholas Brady, Irish author and divine (1659 - 1726)
Alonzo B. Bragdon, American jurist, writer and scholar (1847 - )
General Braxton Bragg, American general of confederate army (1817 - 1876)
General Edward Stuyvesant Bragg, American legislator and governor of Wisconsin (1827 - 1912)
Tycho Brahe, Danish astronomer (1546 - 1601)
John G.C. Brainard, American poet (1796 - 1828)
Richard Braithwait (Braithwaite) ("Corymbaeus"), English poet and dramatist (1588? - 1673)
William Stanley Braithwaite, American educator, poet and critic (1878 - 1962)
Berton Braley, American author and journalist (1882 - 1966)
Ernest Bramah, English humorous writer (1867 - 1942)
Rev. James Bramston, English satirical poet (about 1694 - 1744)
Louis D. Brandeis, American judge and jurist (1856 - 1941)
Nathaniel Branden, American psychologist
Marlon Brando, American actor (1924 - )
Georges Braque, French painter and sculptor (1882 - 1963)
Antonio Musa Brassavola, Italian physician (1500 - 1570)
Werner von Braun, German-American engineer (1912 - 1977)
Bertolt Brecht, German poet and playwright (1898 - 1956)
Gerald Brenan, English writer (1894 - 1987)
Joseph Brenan (Brennan), American (Irish-born) poet (1829 - 1857)
William J. Brennan,Jr., American jurist (1906 - 1997)
Jane Brereton, English poet (1685 - 1740)
Jimmy Breslin, American talk show host, columnist and journalist (1930 - )
Robert Bresson, French film director (1917 - )
Antoine Bret, French writer and poet (1717 - 1792)
Andre Breton, French poet, essayist, critic and editor (1896 - 1966)
Nicholas Breton, English poet (c. 1545 - 1624)
Daniel Brevint, English dean of Lincoln (1616 - 1695)
Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, English author and compiler (1810 - 1897)
Kingman Brewster,Jr., American educator and diplomat (1919 - 1988)
Leonid Ilyich Brezhnev, Russian political leader (1906 - 1982)
Fanny Brice, American singing comedienne (1891 - 1951)
John Bridges, English dean of Salisbury ( - 1618)
Madeline Bridges (Mrs. Mary Ainge de Vere), American poet (fl. about 1840)
Robert Bridges ("Droch"), American journalist and poet (1858 - 1941)
Robert Seymour Bridges, English author, critic and poet laureate (1844 - 1930)
P.W. Bridgman, American physicist (1882 - 1961)
Alan Brien, English novelist, journalist and critic (1925 - )
John Bright, English politician and orator (1811 - 1889)
Anthelme Brillat-Savarin, French magistrate, gastronomist and author (1755 - 1826)
Ashleigh Brilliant, English-American writer, columnist and cartoonist ("Potshots") (1933 - )
David Brinkley, American broadcast journalist (1920 - )
Henry Brinklow, British satirist, writer and reformer ( - 1546)
Arthur Brisbane, American newspaper editor and writer (1864 - 1936)
Jean Pierre Brissot de Warville, French Girondist leader and political writer (1754 - 1793)
William de Britaine, English author of "The Human Prudence of William de Britane" (fl. about 1680)
Vera Brittain, English writer (1893 - 1970)
Benjamin Britten, English composer (1913 - 1976)
Henry Broadhurst, English politician (1840 - 1911)
Hermann Broch, German writer (1886 - 1951)
Lou Brock, American baseball player (1939 - )
Fawn M. Brodie, American author (1915 - 1981)
Joseph Brodsky, Russian-American poet (1940 - 1996)
Tom Brokaw, American broadcast journalist (1940 - )
Richard Brome, English dramatist (- c. 1652)
J. Bromfield, English author (19th century)
Louis Bromfield, American novelist (1896 - 1956)
Isaac H. Bromley, American editor (1833 - 1898)
Jacob Bronowski, English historian and mathematician (1908 - 1974)
Anne Bronte (used pseudonym Acton Bell), English novelist and poet (1820 - 1849)
Charlotte Bronte ("Currer Bell"), English novelist and poet (1816 - 1855)
Emily Bronte, English novelist (1818 - 1848)
Henry Brooke, Irish political and miscellaneous writer (1706 - 1783)
Rupert Brooke, English poet (1887 - 1915)
Stofford A. Brooke, Irish clergyman, critic and essayist (1832 - 1916)
Anita Brookner, English art historian and writer (1928 - )
Garth Brooks, American singer and song writer (1962 - )
Gwendolyn Brooks, American poet (1917 - )
Louise Brooks, American actress (1906 - 1985)
Maria Brooks, American poet (1795 - 1845)
Mel Brooks, American comedian, producer and director (1926 - )
Phillips Brooks,D.D., American bishop, scholar and pulpit orator (1835 - 1893)
Thomas Brooks, English Puritan divine (1608 - 1680)
Van Wyck Brooks, American literary critic and cultural historian (1886 - 1963)
William Broome, English scholar and poet (1689 - 1745)
Brigid Brophy, English-Irish writer, novelist and playwright (1929 - )
Joyce Brothers, American psychologist and author (1928 - )
Lord Henry Peter Brougham (Brougham and vaux), Scottish lord chancellor of England, orator, critic and author (1778 - 1868)
Thomas Broughton, English clergyman, biographer and miscellaneous writer (1704 - 1774)
Heywood C. Broun, American journalist and author (1888 - 1939)
Heywood Hale Broun, American broadcast journalist, actor and author (1918 - )
Claude Brown, American lawyer and playwright (1937 - )
H. Rap Brown, American activist (1943 - )
Helen Gurley Brown, American editor and author (1922 - )
James Brown, American singer (1933 - )
Jerry Brown, American government official (1938 - )
John Brown, English clergyman and miscellaneous writer (1715 - 1766)
John Mason Brown, American critic and lecturer (1900 - 1969)
Les Brown, American bandleader and song writer (1912 - )
Lew Brown, American song writer (1893 - 1958)
Paul Brown, American football coach (1908 - 1991)
Rita Mae Brown, American writer and playwright (1944 - )
Sterling Brown, American poet, critic and educator (1901 - 1989)
Thomas Edward Brown, English poet (1830 - 1897)
Tom Brown, English satirical and facetious poet (1663 - 1704)
William Wells Brown, American antislavery lecturer, novelist and playwright (1815 - 1884)
Charles Farrar Browne (used pseudonym Artemus Ward), (see Artemus Ward)
H. Jackson Browne, writer of "Urn Burial"
Isaac Hawkins Browne, English poet and wit (1705 - 1760)
Sir Thomas Browne, English physician, philosopher and writer (1605 - 1682)
Sir William Browne, English poet and translator (about 1590 - 1645)
Elizabeth Barrett Browning, English poet (1806 - 1861)
Ophelia G. Browning (Mrs. Arthur P. Adams, Mrs. T.E. Burroughs), American writer and poet (20th century)
Robert Browning, English poet (1812 - 1889)
Lenny Bruce, American comedian (1925 - 1966)
Michael Bruce, Scottish poet (1746 - 1767)
Michael Brueys, French author and dramatist (1640 - 1723)
Gro Harlem Brundtland, Norwegian statesman and prime minister (1939 - )
Giordano Bruno, Italian philosopher and pantheist (1549 - 1600)
Robert Brustein, American educator, critic and author (1927 - )
Marcus Junius Brutus, Roman republican leader (85 BC - 42 BC)
William Jennings Bryan, American lawyer, orator and statesman (1860 - 1925)
Bear Bryant, American football coach (1913 - 1983)
William Cullen Bryant, American poet and editor (1794 - 1878)
James Bryce, English diplomat and author (1838 - 1922)
Sir Samuel Brydges, English bibliographer, biographer and genealogist (1762 - 1837)
Yul Brynner, American actor (1920 - 1985)
Bill Bryson (1946 - )
Martin Buber, German-Jewish religious philosopher (1878 - 1965)
John Buchan (Lord Tweedsmuir), Scottish novelist (1875 - 1940)
George Buchanan, Scottish scholar, historian, Latin poet and tutor to James VI (1506 - 1582)
James Buchanan, American 15th president of U.S. (1791 - 1868)
Patrick Buchanan, American politician (1938 - )
Robert Buchanan, English poet and novelist (1841 - 1901)
Georg Buchmann, German philologist, archaelogist, classical scholar and compiler (1822 - 1884)
Art Buchwald, American columnist (1925 - )
Pearl S. Buck, American author (1892 - 1973)
William F. Buckley,Jr., American editor (1925 - )
John Baldwin Buckstone, English comedian (1802 - 1879)
Buddha, Indian religious leader (563 BC - 483 BC)
Frederick Buechner, American clergyman and novelist (1926 - )
Mary E. Buell, American verse writer (fl. 1890)
Jimmy Buffett, American singer (1946 - )
Warren Buffett, American business executive (1930 - )
George-Louis Leclerc de Buffon, French naturalist (1707 - 1788)
Thomas Robert duc d'Isly Bugeaud, French marshal (1784 - 1849)
Charles Bukowski, American author (1920 - 1994)
S.G. Bulfinch, American clergyman and writer (1809 - 1870)
Major-General Robert Lee Bullard, American general in World War I (1861 - 1947)
A.H. Bullen, American author and publisher (1857 - 1920)
Count Bernhard von Bulow, German diplomat, statesman and chancellor (1849 - 1929)
Edward George Bulwer-Lytton (Earl Lytton), English novelist and politician (1803 - 1873)
Charlotte Bunch, American feminist theorist, lecturer and writer (1944 - )
Ralph Bunche, American diplomat and educator (1904 - 1971)
George W. Bungay, English journalist (1826 - 1892)
Alfred Bunn, English librettist and theatrical manager (1796 - 1860)
H.C. Bunner, American journalist and author (1855 - 1896)
Baron Christian von Bunsen, Prussian ambassador and scholar (1791 - 1860)
Basil Bunting, English poet (1900 - 1985)
Luis Bunuel, Mexican film director (1900 - 1983)
John Bunyan, English clergyman and author (1628 - 1688)
Prosper Buranelli, et al.
Luther Burbank, American naturalist and plant breeder (1849 - 1926)
Samuel D. Burchard, American clergyman (1812 - 1891)
Robert Jones Burdette, American humorist and lecturer (1844 - 1914)
G.A. Burger, German poet (1748 - 1794)
Warren E. Burger, American supreme court justice (1907 - 1995)
Anthony Burgess, English novelist, critic and man of letters (1917 - 1993)
Frank Gelett Burgess, American humorist, writer and poet (1866 - 1951)
George Brown (G.B.) Burgin, British author (1856 - 1944)
Dean John William Burgon, English clergyman, poet and dean of Chichester (1819 - 1888)
Gen. John Burgoyne, British soldier and dramatist (1722 - 1792)
Edmund Burke, Irish orator and statesman (1729 - 1797)
James Lee Burke, American novelist (1936 - )
Lord William Cecil Burleigh (Burghley), English statesman (1520 - 1598)
William Henry Burleigh, American poet (1812 - 1871)
Peiter Burmann, Dutch classical scholar (1668 - 1741)
Sir Francis Cowley Burnand, English humorist, novelist and editor of "Punch" (1837 - 1917)
Dana Burnet, American author and poet (1888 - 1962)
Bishop Gilbert Burnet, Scottish theologian and religious leader (1643 - 1715)
James Burnet (Lord Monboddo), Scottish lawyer, originator of the monkey theory (1714 - 1779)
Carol Burnett, American actress and comedienne (1933 - )
Leo Burnett, American advertising executive (1891 - 1971)
Fanny Burney, English novelist and letter writer (1752 - 1840)
George Burns, American comedian and actor (1896 - 1996)
James Drummond Burns, Scottish poet and clergyman (1823 - 1864)
Robert Burns, Scottish poet (1759 - 1796)
Aaron Burr, American politician (1795 - 1845)
Amelia Josephine Burr, American author and poet (1878 - )
Edgar Rice Burroughs, American novelist (1875 - 1950)
Jeremiah Burroughs, English Congregational minister and writer (1599 - 1646)
John Burroughs, American author and naturalist (1837 - 1921)
Nannie Burroughs, American educator (1883 - 1961)
William S. Burroughs, American writer (1914 - )
Rev. Henry Burton, English clergyman and writer (1840 - 1930)
Isabel Burton, English traveler and author (1831 - 1896)
Lady Burton, English wife of Sir Richard Francis Burton (19th century - )
Richard Burton, Welsh actor (1925 - 1984)
Richard Eugene Burton, American poet, journalist and critic (1861 - 1940)
Richard Francis Burton, English scholar, writer, traveler and explorer (1821 - 1890)
Robert Burton, English writer, philosopher and humorist (1576 - 1640)
Leo Buscaglia, American author and educator (1925 - 1998)
Wilhelm Busch, German satirical poet and illustrator (1832 - 1908)
Barbara Bush, American first,lady, wife of George Herbert Walker Bush (1925 - )
George Herbert Walker Bush, American 41st president of the U.S. (1924 - )
George Walker Bush, American 43rd president of U.S. (1946 - )
Vannevar Bush, American electrical engineer and government official (1890 - 1974)
Samuel Clarke Bushnell, American clergyman (1852 - 1928)
Robert de Bussy-Rabutin (de Bussy), French author and satirical writer (1618 - 1693)
James Butler, Duke of Ormonde, English royalist and soldier (1610 - 1688)
Bishop Joseph Butler, English bishop of Durham (1692 - 1752)
Nicholas Murray Butler, American president of Columbia University (1862 - 1947)
Samuel Butler (1), English wit and poet (1612 - 1680)
Samuel Butler (2), English writer, scholar, artist, philosopher and satirist (1835 - 1902)
William Allen Butler, American lawyer and poet (1825 - 1902)
Hezekiah Butterworth, American writer (1839 - 1905)
Henry Buttes, English Elizabethan cookbook writer (late 16th century)
Mary Frances Butts, American verse writer (1836 - 1902)
Charles Buxton, English author (1823 - 1871)
Samuel Hawkins Marshall Byers, American author, soldier, consul and member of Gen. Sherman's staff (1838 - 1933)
Witter Bynner, American author (1881 - 1968)
William Byrd (Bird), English church music composer and organist for Elizabeth I (about 1640 - 1623)
James F. Byrnes, American politician and administrator (1879 - 1972)
John Byrom, English writer and poet (1691 - 1763)
Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron), English poet (1788 - 1824)

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