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Dear William,

At http://www.trivia-library.com/b/25-most-written-about-famous-people-of-all-time.htm is a list of the 25 most written about famous people of all time.  The list is a reprint from "Theodore Besterman's A World Bibliography of Bibliographies; a bibliography being a list of books, articles, letters, etc., that relate to a particular person or subject.  Besterman's five-volume 4th edition.... [was] published by the Societas Bibliographica in 1965..."  Because this was published 43 years ago, more/different people likely might make this list today, especially since more has been written on many subjects than in years previous to 1965. 

At http://www.time.com/time/specials/2007/completelist/0,,1733748,00.html is a list of "The 2008 Time 100," the "World's Most Influential People."  The 100 are divided into these areas:  Leaders & Revolutionaries, Heroes & Pioneers, Scientists & Thinkers, Artists & Entertainers, and Builders & Titans.  This is a "modern," 2008 list; therefore, don't expect to see the same list of famous people found on other sites.

Also on the Time.com site at http://www.time.com/time/specials/2007/article/0,28804,1725112_1726934_1726935,00.html is a list of 207 people that Time readers felt should have been included in the list, with their ratings and number of votes. 

A list of "influential figures from world history comes from Michael H. Hart's book The 100: A Ranking of the Most Influential Persons in History.  In the book, Hart provides brief biographies of each of the individuals, as well as reasons for their ranking."  The URL is http://www.adherents.com/adh_influ.html.  (Please don't let the insertion of these peoples' religious affiliations deter you from the list.)  There is also a link here to see a list of Mr. Hart's 100 runners-up.  This book was first published in 1978 and reprinted with minor revisions in 1992.  There is no indication as to which of these persons has been most "written about," however, but the list is comprehensive in its scope.

Hope this helps.



Many thanks!  I REALLY appreciate this!

Thanks for the appreciation!!  You'd be surprised at how many people never acknowledge an answer at all.  Again, I hope this answer is of some help to you. (You needn't answer this reply; just wanted to say "thanks" to you.)

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