Washinton Irving - (Apr. 3, 1783 - Nov. 28, 1859) A short story writer, essayist, poet, born in New York City youngest of 11 children. He has been called the “Father of the American Short Story”, and best known for works 'The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,' in which the schoolmaster Ichabod Crane meets with a headless horseman, and 'Rip Van Winkle,' about a man who falls asleep for 20 years. He wrote under the pseudonyms Dietrich Knickerbocker, Jonathan Oldstyle, and Geoffrey Crayon.
James Baldwin - My favourite novelist. He was so plugged in to the human condition. His work transcended the barriers of race, gender and sexual orientation that were so entrenched in the mid twentieth century. Whatever perspective he was writing from - male, female, black, white, gay or straight - he just got it.
Meet the extraordinary Mario Vargas Llosa. He is a writer, essayist, journalist, novelist and former politician who is most well-known for winning the Nobel Peace Prize and being one of the most significant novelists and essayists of America. "Through writing, one can change history". Mario Vargas Llosa http://www.thextraordinary.org/mario-vargas-llosa