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Jacques Le Goff, a bibliography and a life to highlight the modernity of middle age - we all come from there.

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930). British writer of many genres, including mystery, detective, fantasy, science fiction, historical, and nonfiction. Best know for his Stories of Sherlock Holmes and The Lost World.

Vladimir Vladimirovich Mayakovsky (July 19 1893 – April 14, 1930) was a Russian and Soviet poet and playwright. He is among the foremost representatives of early-20th century Russian Futurism.

(Avram) Noam Chomsky December 7, 1928; American linguist, philosopher, cognitive scientist, logician, historian, political critic, and activist.

Alexandr Solzhenitsyn (1945-1950) Mandatory Credit: Photo by CSU Archives / Everett Collection / Rex Features ( 706314A ) Nobel Prize winning author Alexander Solzhenitsyn during the Gulag years 1945-1950. His most famous work, the Gulag Archipelago detailed the brutalities of the Stalinist regime in Russia and forced him into exile for 20 years until he returned to Russia after the fall of communism.

Umberto Eco (born 5 January 1932) is an Italian semiotician, essayist, philosopher, literary critic, and novelist. Eco has also written academic texts, children's books and many essays. He is founder of the Dipartimento di Comunicazione at the University of San Marino, President of the Scuola Superiore di Studi Umanistici, University of Bologna, member of the Accademia dei Lincei (since November 2010) and an Honorary Fellow of Kellogg College, University of Oxford.

The TIME Vault: 1955

In 1944, LIFE’s Alfred Eisenstaedt captured a private moment repeated in public millions of times over the course of the war