Poets and writers

Explore stories of the written word in Europeana


Read stories and biographies of authors


Portraits of poets, authors, journalists and writers from across Europe.

colour illustration of a woman wearing a dress standing near a dressed bear which stands on its hind legs
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Meet the female authors and illustrators who brought the fairy tale to life

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Transatlantic perspectives on American abolitionist and anti-slavery campaigner

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Three Black authors from the Americas who have lived in Europe

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For 20 years, Emile Zola was both a novelist and a journalist

a black and white photograph of Dora Gabe.

One of Bulgaria’s most cherished poets during her lifetime

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Literary life of migration and exile of 20th century Serbian author Miloš Crnjanski

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Serbia’s first feminist author: a writer and traveller who led a remarkable life

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Author and migrant Ivan Cankar is regarded as one of the greatest writers in the Slovene language


Explore further stories about literature, books and reading

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Travelling in our minds with books, like Selma Lagerlöf's The Wonderful Adventures of Nils

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Discover the history behind the beautiful patterns and illustrations inside book covers


Explore the beauty of typography, alphabets and languages in this gallery

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A Dutch Poet Laureate writes a poem in an album amicorum for Elizabeth Adriana Staats


Compare traditions across communities and time combined handwriting and art


Here's a variety of book cover designs, from children's fiction to classics of world literature.

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Noteworthy authors were put on the Index librorum prohibitorum because their works caused moral controversies.


"There are perhaps no days of our childhood we lived so fully as those we spent with a favourite book" – Marcel Proust.

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A striking illustration of the relationship between Venice, Istria and Dalmatia.


Many medieval manuscripts are full of decorated capital letters that come in all styles and sizes.


Whether it’s inscriptions, annotations or doodles, readers have always made their marks in books

Murasaki Shikibu depicted in a purple robe, staring at the moon in Ishimyama Temple

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Learning scenarios about literacy

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Explore the world through the written word

From antiquity to the early print era

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