The 10 Most Impressive Beards In Literature

Prolific writers, prolific facial hair. Here are the top 10 literary beards ranked in order of increasing awesomeness.

10. Anton Chekhov

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“The gentleman with the little round beard sat down beside me and continued: ‘Yes, when Russians come together they discuss nothing but abstract subjects and women.’”
Anton Chekhov, “Ariadne”

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9. Charles Dickens

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“‘There never was another man with such a face as yours, unless it was your father, and I suppose he is singeing his grizzled red beard by this time, unless you came straight from the old ‘un without any father at all betwixt you; which I shouldn’t wonder at, a bit.’”
— Charles Dickens, Oliver Twist

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8. Shel Silverstein

Jerry Yulsman

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My beard grows to my toes,
I never wears no clothes,
I wraps my hair
Around my bare,
And down the road I goes.

— Shel Silverstein, Where the Sidewalk Ends

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7. Henry David Thoreau

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”At this rate, we shall all be obliged to let our beards grow at least, if only to hide the nakedness of the land and make a sylvan appearance.”
Henry David Thoreau, The Maine Woods

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6. Ernest Hemingway

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“If any man wants to raise a beard let him. Why don’t you raise a beard, Signor Maggiore?”
Ernest Hemingway, A Farewell to Arms

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5. Allen Ginsberg

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“Where are we going, Walt Whitman? The doors close in
an hour. Which way does your beard point tonight?”

— Allen Ginsberg, “A Supermarket in California”

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4. Herman Melville

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“‘Speak, thou vast and venerable head,’ muttered Ahab, ‘which, though ungarnished with a beard, yet here and there lookest hoary with mosses; speak, mighty head, and tell us the secret thing that is in thee.’”
— Herman Melville, Moby-Dick

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3. Fyodor Dostoyevsky

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“Wringing his hands and screaming, he rushed up to the grey-headed old man with the grey beard, who was shaking his head in disapproval.”
Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Crime and Punishment

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2. Walt Whitman

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“Washes and razors for foofoos — for me freckles and a bristling beard.”
Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass

ID: 1405478

1. Leo Tolstoy

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“A little muzhik was working on the railroad, mumbling in his beard.”
— Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina

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