Great Throughts Treasury

This site is dedicated to the memory of Dr. Alan William Smolowe who gave birth to the creation of this database.

Author Listing

Samuel Alexander

Australian-born British Philosopher, first Jewish Fellow of an Oxbridge College

Al-Ghazali, fully Abū Ḥāmed Muḥammad ibn Muḥammad Ghazālī NULL

Islamic Theologian, Jurist, Philosopher, Cosmologist, Psychologist and Sufi Mystic of Persian origin

Lisa Alther

American Author and Professor of Fiction

American Civil Liberties Union NULL

Consists of two separate non-profit organizations: the ACLU Foundation which focuses on litigation and communication efforts, and the American Civil Liberties Union which focuses on legislative lobbying

Katharine Anthony, fully Katharine Susan Anthony

American Biographer

H. W. Arnold


Nancy Astor, fully Lady Nancy Witcher Astor, Viscountess Astor

American-born Englishwoman, First woman to sit as a Member of Parliament int he British House of Commons

Charles Backus

American Theologian

Joanna Baillie

Scottish Poet and Dramatist

Bankei Yōtaku

Rinzai Zen Buddhist Master, Abbot of the Ryomon-ji and Nyoho-ji, known for his talks on the Unborn

Honoré de Balzac

French Novelist, Playwright, Poet and Short Story Writer

Caroline Bird

British Poet, Playwright and Author

Larry Bird, fully Larry Joe Bird

American Professional Basketball Star, Coach, Hall of Famer, President of Operations for the Pacers


Greek Philosopher, One of the Seven Sages of Greece

Robert Bly

American Poet, Author, Activist and Leader of the Mythopoetic Men's Movement, best known for his book, "Iron John: A Book About Men"

F. H. Bradley, fully Frances Herbert "F.H." Bradley

English Idealist Metaphysical Philosopher and Writer

Henry Brooke

Irish Author

Claudius Buchanan

Scottish Theologian and Minister of the Church of England

Samuel Egerton Brydges

English Poet, Bibliographer and Genealogist, Member of Parliament

George Villiers 2nd Duke of Buckingham

English Poet, Statesman

Pearl S. Buck, fully Pearl Sydenstricker Buck, also known by her Chinese name Sai Zhenzhu

American Novelist and Humanitarian, Nobel Prize in Literature and Pulitzer Prize Winner

Gilbert Burnet

Scottish Theologian, Historian, Bishop of Salisbury, Cleric, Preacher, Academic, Writer and Historian

Anne Vaughan, Countess of Carberry

Daughter of George Savile, 1st Marquess of Halifax and his first wife, Lady Dorothy Spencer

George Canning

English Statesman, Orator, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

Charles Francis Adams II

American Civil War General and President of the Union Pacific Railroad

Israel Abrahams

Jewish Scholar

Abigail Adams

Prolific Letter Writer

Dean Alford, fully Clarence "Dean" Alford

American Politician and Businessman, CEO and President of Allied Energy Services, Co-chair of the Pine 2 Energy Coalition

Alphonse Kann

French Art Collector of Jewish Heritage

Elazar ben Azariah, alt. spelling Eleazar

Rabbi, Mishnaic Scholar, Junior Contemporary of Gamaliel II, Colleague and Friend of Rabbi Akiva

Bacchylides NULL

Greek Lyric

Adolfo Barcella

Argentinean Hotelier

Henry Whitney Bellows

American Unitarian Clergy, Planner and President of the United States Sanitary Commission

Geoffrey Bocca

American Contemporary Writer and Historian

Carl Victor de Bonstetten

Swiss Author

John Bodenham


Frank Borman, fully Frank Frederick Borman, II

NASA Astronaut and Engineer, remembered as the Commander of Apollo 8, the first mission to fly around the Moon

Roger Boyle, 1st Earl of Orrery, Baron Broghill

Irish Playwright, Soldier, Dramatist and Politician

Barbara Brennan


Henry Broadhurst

English Labor Leader, Trade Unionist

Joseph Brotherton

English Parliamentary Reformer

Miguel de Cervantes, fully Miguel de Cervantes Saaversa

Spanish Novelist, Dramatist, Poet and Playwright best known for his magnum opus, Don Quixote

Phillip Adams


Agathon NULL

Greek Poet

Bahya ben Asher ibn Halawa, also known as Rabbeinu Behaye

Rabbi and Jewish Scholar noted for introducing Kabbalah (Jewish mysticism) into study of the Torah

H. B.

English Enlightened Writer

Pierre-Jean de Béranger

French Poet and Songwriter

Shirley Temple, later Shirley Temple Black, born Shirley Jane Temple

American Movie and Television Actress, Singer, Dancer, Politician, U.S. Ambassador to Ghana and Czechoslovakia

Black Hawk, born Ma-ka-tai-me-she-kia-kiak NULL

Leader and Warrior of the Sauk American Indian Tribe

R. D. Blackmore, fully Richard Doddridge Blackmore

English Victorian Novelist and Poet