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

Abaye NULL

Rabbi of the Jewish Talmud

Brian Adam

Scottish National Party of the Scottish Parliament for Aberdeen North

Agesilaus the Great NULL

King of Sparta

Archibald Alison

Scottish Episcopalian Priest and Essayist

Rabbi Akiva, fully Rebbe Akiva ben Yosef NULL

Jewish Sage, Founder of Rabbinic Judaism, , referred to in the Talmud as "Rosh la-Chachamim" (Head of all the Sages)

John Aiken or Aikin

English Biographer, Doctor and Writer

George Aiken, fully George David Aiken

American Politician, Governor of Vermont, U.S. Senator, at the time of his retirement, Aiken was the most senior member of the Senate

Aesop NULL

Greek Fabulist

Josia Bailey, fully Josiah William Bailey

American Senator of North Carolina, Editor of the Biblical Recorder

Giambattista Basile, aka Giovan Battista Basile

Italian Poet, Courtier and Fairy Tale Collector

Gérard Bauër

French Writer, Journalist and Essayist

Max Beerbohm, fully Sir Henry Maximilian "Max" Beerbohm

English Essayist, Caricaturist and Parodist

Bruce Bliven

American Author, Editor

Henry George Bohn

British Publisher

Heywood Broun, fully Matthew Heywood Campbell Broun

American Journalist, Novelist and Columnist

Joan L. Brannon


Georg Brandes, fully Georg Morris Cohen Brandes

Danish Critic and+ Scholar

Horace Bushnell

American Clergy

Paul Brunton, born Hermann Hirsch, wrote under various pseudonyms including Brunton Paul, Raphael Meriden and Raphael Delmonte

British Philosopher, Mystic, Journalist, Traveler and Guru

Liane Cardes


George Matthew Adams

Newspaper Columnist, Author, Writer, Philosopher and Publisher who founded the Adams Newspaper Service

John Abbott, fully John Stevens Cabot Abbott

American Historian, Pastor and Pedagogical Writer

Shana Alexander, fully Shana Agar Alexander

American Journalist, Staff Writer and Columnist for Life Magazine, best known for participation in "Point-Counterpoint" debate segments of 60 Minutes

Dwight Douglas Andrews

American Musical Theorist, Composer and Minister

Michael Barenbaum

American Scholar, Professor, Rabbi, Writer, Lecturer and Film-maker who focused on the memorialization of the Holocaust, Director of the U.S. Holocaust Museum Research Institute, President of the Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation, Executive Editor of the Encyclopedia Judaica

Harry F. Banks, real name possibly Harry Band

Scottish Soldier serving in the Canadian Army

Alan Barth

American Editorial Journalist with Washington Post and Author

Jacob Bohme, or Jacob Behmen or Jakob Böhme

German Teutonic Philosopher, Christian Mystic, Father of German Philosophy

Ernest Becker

American-Canadian Cultural Anthropologist and Interdisciplinary Scientific Thinker and Writer

Tristan Bernard, born Paul Bernard

French Playwright, Novelist, Journalist and Lawyer

Hugh Blair

Scottish Divine

Henry St John, Lord Bolingbroke, 1st Viscount Bolingbroke

English Statesman

R. H. Blyth, fully Reginald Horace Blyth

English Author and Devotee of Japanese Culture

Boethius, fully Anicius Manlius Severinus Boethius NULL

Roman Philosopher

Murray Bookchin

American Libertarian Socialist Author, Orator, Philosopher and Pioneer in the Ecology Movement

Joseph Brant, aka Thayendanegea

Mohawk War Chief, Translator of Religious Documents

Max Brod

German-speaking Czech and later Israeli Jewish Novelist, Essayist and Composer, Biographer and Literary Executor of Franz Kafka publishing his life's work rather than burning them as instructed

Gerald Baldwin Brown

British Art Historian

Lord Brooke, Fulke Greville, 1st Baron Brooke, de jure 13th Baron Latimer and 5th Baron Willoughby de Brooke

English Elizabethan Poet, Dramatist and Statesman

Thomas Brooks

English Puritan Divine and Author

Gaius Marius

Roman General and Statesman holding the Office of Consul seven times

Charles Edwin Carruthers

17th Maine Infantry at Gettysburg

Allan Chalmers, fully Allan Knight Chalmers

Presbyterian Evangelist, Leader in Pacifist Movement, Mentor to Martin Luther King, Jr.

Yehezkel Abramsky, aka Reb Chatzkel Abramsky

Russian (Belarus-born) English Orthodox Rabbi and Scholar

Samuel Amalu

American Dean of Lighthouse Keepers in Hawaii

Richard Alleine

English Puritan Divine

Mortimer Adler and Charles Van Doren

American Lexicographers

Thomas Bailey Aldrich

American Author, Poet, Playwright, Novelist, Travel Writer and Editor

James B. Angell, fully James Burrill Angell

American Educator, Academic Administrator and Diplomat

Fred de Armond

Leader of Garment Workers Union