Famous bearded gent Herman Melville was born on 1 August 1819:
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:
You can download a copy of his most important work, The Jungle, at Project Gutenberg.
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.
Zora Neale Hurston was born on 7 January 1891.
“There are years that ask questions and years that answer.”-Zora Neale Hurston, Their Eyes Were Watching God