Following my post last week on literary beards, a fair few readers posted suggestions in the comments. Here are the images from their links for those too lazy busy to check them out themselves. Thanks to all those who pointed me in the direction of writers’ beards I’d missed.

William Empson

Suggested by Anonymous with a link to Richard B’s blog goingfastgettingnowhere , Empson’s beard, it seems, reflects the unique nature of the man.  It takes a man who is very sure of himself to sport a beard like that.

Nicholson Baker

Suggested by Scott Underwood. I’ve actually read a Nicholson Baker book years ago. Had no idea he had such an excellent beard. Certainly the writer to call if you want a literary Santa Claus.

Rabindranath Tagore

Suggested by Subin Shukla. I love the fact that even with such a lengthy beard beneath it, the ‘tache here manages to impress all on its own. A quality addition to the list of literary beards.

Henrik Ibsen

Suggested by Anonymous. Not sure if these whiskers qualify as a full beard if the chin or moustache aren’t joined, but their sheer impressiveness assures them a place on this list.

The next three suggestions came from Andy Taylor (probably not the Duran Duran guitarist):
H. R. F. Keating

The least remarkable of the beards suggested in the comments of my previous beardy post but still worth featuring here.

Philip Ardagh

Children’s author Philip Ardagh’s beard follows in the Dostoevskian tradition.

Robertson Davies

Easily the best suggestion from the comments has to be Robertson Davies. Andy provided a link to a gallery of the Canadian writer’s various beardstyles. Click here to take a look at the many beards of Robertson Davies.

As ever, the comments are open if you feel we’ve missed anyone out.