Happy Birthday, Herman!

Famous bearded gent Herman Melville was born on 1 August 1819:

Herman Melville, 1885

Herman Melville, 1885

Upton Sinclair: 20 September 1878

Pulitzer Prize winning author Upton Sinclair was born on 20 September 1878. As many of you know, I love this photo of him as a young man:

Upton Sinclair

Upton Sinclair

You can download a copy of his most important work, The Jungle, at Project Gutenberg.

Cover of The Jungle by Upton Sinclair, 1906

Cover of The Jungle by Upton Sinclair, 1906.

3 April 1783: Washington Irving, American Dreamboat

Washington Irving, a titan in the annals of American Literature, was born on 3 April 1783.

“There is a serene and settled majesty to woodland scenery that enters into the soul and delights and elevates it, and fills it with noble inclinations.”-Washington Irving

Surprisingly, the father of Ichabod and Rip was something of a dreamboat as a young man.

Washington Irving at 22

Washington Irving at 22.

Portrait of Washington Irving by John Wesley Jarvis, 1809

Portrait of Washington Irving by John Wesley Jarvis, 1809.

Washington Irving in 1820

Washington Irving in 1820.